Portsmouth home a ‘total loss’ after early morning fire

East Bay

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth home is a total loss after an early morning house fire on Sunday.

According to Assistant Chief Howie Tighe, crews were called to the home on Vanderbilt Lane just before 4:30 a.m. for a report of a fire.

When crews arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the third floor of the home.

Once inside, firefighters found flames coming from both the second and third floor.

Tighe said a second alarm was called for the fire. Several surrounding fire departments, including Middletown, Newport, Tiverton, Bristol and the Providence Canteen all responded to the scene.

The fire took about two hours to get under control and because of the amount of damage inside, Tighe said the home is a total loss.

“I walked down to see what was going on. Portsmouth was on scene along with a bunch of mutual aid from neighboring towns,” neighbor Ian Gerrior said.

Two people who were inside at the time were able to make it out safely. The Red Cross is now assisting them.

“Fantastic people, like I said I’m just glad they got out. Any person who loses their home in a fire it’s devastating but house can be rebuilt and you know just glad they are safe,” Gerrior said.

There were two firefighters injured, but Tighe said it was mainly for exertion.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshals Office.

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