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A tense 12 minutes in a potential worst-case scenario at Hasbro


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Target 12 review of Providence radio communication during an exterior fire at Hasbro Children’s Hospital reveals a series of quick decisions and discoveries after the flames were spotted on the roof of a floor occupied by patients and staff.  

Ten people, including four patients, were on the third floor beneath the fire, but no one was injured, and the fire was doused before evacuations were needed.

The first call came in around 8:12 p.m. Tuesday and firefighters arrived on scene a short time later.

“We’ve got fire showing on the third floor,” a Battalion 1 firefighter says over the radio. “Come in the Hasbro entrance.”

The first crew knew right away they needed help.

“Battalion 1 to fire, we’re going to need a second alarm.”

As water was aimed at the flames from the street, other fireifighters went at it from different angles. 

“Command to fire alarm. I have Ladder 8 going to the interior stairs, up to the roof. Ladder 1 is attempting to access the roof from the exterior.”

Seven minutes in, the fire not yet under control, information about a possible cause is revealed.

“I got a report there was work done on the roof a couple hours ago,” a firefighter says. “Obviously ignited it. Be advised.”

The exact cause has not been determined, but the possible source mentioned during the fire is still in play, according to investigators.  

About 30 seconds later, positive news from the flat-top roof.

“I’m up on the roof,” a firefighter says. “It looks worse than it is. Once we get water, we’re going to be able to hit it quick.”

But moments later, details emerge about who is on the floor below the flames.  

“Command, be advised,” the individual says. “We have four patients on the third floor and six workers.”

“Received,” someone replies. “Command to Ladder 8. Also check out the status of those occupants. They’re going to need to be removed from that floor.”

Around the time the fire was said to be under control, firefighters on the roof offered a warning to everyone else about the condition of the roof.

“Attention all companies. Stay away from the roof where the fire is. It is spongy.”

About a minute later, the fire was said to be knocked out.

While investigators said no one was evacuated, several patients had to be moved from their rooms due to water damage.

All of the above, covered a total of about 12 minutes.

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau.

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