Second fire burns at horse farm Saturday morning: Police investigating, seeking public’s help

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – The farm where a massive fire burned down a barn on Thursday had a second blaze in the early morning hours on Saturday, May 4.

Now, North Smithfield police and the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the second incident in just three days at Phoenix Rising Horse Farm, and asking anyone who might have information or surveillance footage from the area to contact detectives.

According to a release from the department, police and fire personnel responded to the farm at 260 Pound Hill Road at 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning for another structure fire. The farm is owned by Erin Poulos-Pavao and Jason Rotulo.

Little information was available about the early-morning blaze by Saturday afternoon, but in photos published on social media, it appears another significant three-alarm incident had affected a different structure on the property than the one destroyed on Thursday. Photos of the second fire can be seen on Twitter.

Police were not releasing further information about the incident due the the nature of the ongoing investigation. North Smithfield fire officials did confirm to NRI NOW that no one had been injured in the second blaze.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the fire or surveillance footage in the area to contact Det. Gregory Chito at (401) 762-1212 ext. 225. 

A fundraiser set up to help the victims can be found here.

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