Fire breaks out at substance abuse hospital in North Kingstown

South County

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in North Kingstown caught fire early Monday morning.

Crews responding to the AdCare Substance Abuse Rehab Hospital on Tower Hill Road say the fire started around 5 a.m.

Nurses say there are currently about 54 clients housed at the complex, with 51 patients and staff in the building at the time of the fire.

A tanker had to be called in since there are no fire hydrants in the area, according to fire officials. One lane of Tower Hill Road had to be shut down as a result.

“We limit our resources and use our water tactically to the best of our ability until we have a water supply established and then we can go to heavier water,” North Kingstown Fire Chief Scott Kettelle explained. “Once there’s no life hazard, we look at it as how much can we save.”

All patients and staff were safely evacuated with no injuries reported, Kettelle said.

“Luckily the area that the fire was in, there were fire doors that kept the fire in check, so it didn’t get into the areas where the people were in,” he said.

The hospital is the only inpatient AdCare facility in Rhode Island.

For now, patients have been moved to a site provided by the University of Rhode Island, officials added. Kettelle said he’s not sure how soon the patients and staff will be able to return to the AdCare facility.

“The safety of our patients remains our top priority,” a statement from AdCare officials said. “We are working closely with state and local partners to facilitate continued care for our patients. We want to thank our first responders for their quick response. As a result, our building sustained only partial damage.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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