House fire under investigation in Johnston


JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A house in Johnston is in ruins after it was destroyed by a fire.

Crews responded to Roger Williams Drive around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. Johnston Fire Chief Peter Lamb said flames were shooting up from the roof when they arrived.

“You can’t really get in there,” Lamb said. “The roof isn’t secure, so we have to make sure we can actually get into the building to do that investigation.”

UPDATE: A charred shell is all that remains of a Johnston home after it broke out in flames last night. Julianne Lima reports:

Posted by WPRI 12 on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Lamb said the homeowners were away on vacation when the fire broke out, and no one was hurt in the blaze.

Town Fire Marshal Tom Marcello said the fire started outside then spread to the home and does not appear suspicious.

Firefighters did find two cats inside that did not make it out. There are three other cats that are unaccounted for at this time.

A family member tells Eyewitness News the cats have microchips, and they may be wearing a collar with the name “Silverbush.”

Anyone who finds any of the cats should bring them to a vet so their microchips can be scanned.

A total of 30 firefighters from Johnston, North Providence and Smithfield all responded to the fire. The State Fire Marshal also assisted.

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