Blaze destroys home on Joslin Road in Burrillville


BURRILLVILLE – A fire called in around 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 heavily damaged a single-family home on Joslin Road, according to Harrisville Fire Chief Michael Gingell.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the house, a 1.5 story log home situated on 16 acres and built in 1999, was left “uninhabitable,” according to the chief. The Red Cross was on the scene Monday evening at 630 Joslin Road and expected to help the family.

“The house has very extensive damage,” Gingell told NRI NOW.

Multiple fire companies from Rhode Island and Massachusetts brought mutual aid to the blaze, with tankers from North Smithfield, Chepachet and more delivering water to the area.

Gingell said he was unaware of a propane tank referenced in early reports of the fire.

The house is owned by Bruce Powers and Elizabeth Alper Trustees, according to town property records.

As of 7 p.m. Monday night, Gingell was still at the scene, along with the state fire marshal, town building official and Providence Canteen.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined and is being investigated by the Burrillville Police Department, Harrisville Fire Department and the state fire marshal.

Two dogs in the home were found safe, but Burrillville Animal Control had to transport one cat, in respiratory distress from smoke inhalation, to Ocean State Veterinary Specialists for care.

Editor’s note: The above story has been updated with information from Burrillville Animal Control.

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