PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth home has been deemed uninhabitable after a fire broke out inside Wednesday evening.
Assistant Fire Chief Howie Tighe said a neighbor was driving by the Sea Meadow Drive residence when she saw the flames and called 911.
While she was waiting for firefighters to arrive, she grabbed the homeowner’s garden hose and attempted to keep the flames at bay, he said.
“We were doing a check of the whole house and we found her around back cause the fire had come through the back of the house’s roof and she was trying to extinguish it with a garden hose.,” Tighe said.
He said the flames spread quickly but were mostly contained to the second floor.
“It was above a secondary garage….on the backside of the house. Then it went across a breezeway into an office room. (The) initial fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes. We had a bunch of mutual aid companies coming in because of staffing-related issues to assist us and make sure the fire was completely out.”
Tighe said companies from Bristol, Newport, Tiverton and the Naval Station assisted.
The couple who lives there wasn’t home at the time and is being assisted by the American Red Cross, he said.
No one was injured, and the official cause remains under investigation. Tighe said it’s believed it may have been electrical.