WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — A fast-moving fire tore through a home on Sharpe Street in West Greenwich Thursday.
Shortly before fire crews arrived on scene, a family of two escaped from the flames, fire officials told Eyewitness News.
A call for help came in around 7 p.m. and according to Chief Ray Kelley of the Hianloland Fire Department, the fire started near or inside the home’s garage.
“I’m very thankful to the family that got out. The last thing we want to see is somebody hurt,” Chief Kelley said.
According to Kelley, the building was compromised by the flames. “We ordered an evacuation and did a defensive attack from then on,” he said.
Another challenge faced by responding companies – getting fire trucks down the narrow rural road.
“As you [can] tell the road is pretty tight so getting apparatus down through here after a lot of people parking their cars, made it a challenge, but we were able to work around that,” Kelley said.
The home is now completely destroyed and the family will be forced to find a new place to live.
But the chief says the residents getting out safely was the first priority.
“That was a priority coming in and as soon as we do that, it makes a difference on how we attack the fire,” he said.