Pawtucket firefighters battle Utton Ave. fire
PAWTUCKET, R.I. —
The light of day reveals an icy mess on Utton Avenue in Pawtucket.
It was around 4am when heavy smoke and flames broke out inside the multi family home on Saturday, and went to two alarms before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.
Katarina Rivera lives in the neighborhood, and she talked to NBC 10 about the initial intensity of the fire, "I got nervous cause I was like do you smell that? We were watching movies; that's how much smoke was coming from the house at first, and then you could see all the flames shooting out."
Fire officials tell me the home was occupied at the time, but everyone got out and no was hurt; including no firefighters despite working in a deep freeze.
Pawtucket Battalion Chief Robert Neill told NBC 10 that luckily they did not have to deal with any water lines freezing up, they just had to keep the water flowing. "All the hydrants were good, so that was the best part. Shutting down lines is an issue, you've got to keep the water running through and that produces more water on the ground and creates a slipping hazard"
Neighbor Nancy Roque says she watched the crews battle the fire in the dangerous conditions;"it was icy, very icy, it was zero degrees in the morning, very cold, they did a good job."
And seven hours after the fire broke out they were still on the job, dousing hot spots.
The Battalion Chief told NBC 10 that the fire may have been a chimney fire, though the cause is still under investigation.
A city building official says the house is no longer safe and will have to be torn down.