Fire that destroyed vacant West Warwick house called suspicious

1011 Main Street, West Warwick

Firefighters battled a house fire in West Warwick for more than five hours Thursday.

When firefighters pulled up at about 1:30 a.m. fire was showing in multiple areas of the home along Main Street near Woodside Avenue and Route 115.

Firefighters had their hands full, ladders were extended over the home to try and tackle the hotspots. No injuries have been reported.

More than five hours later, crews were still there with the same mission. They surrounded the house and searched for hidden fires in the walls.

There was no electrical power inside and the home was vacant. It's believed to be suspicious. But right next door, the house was occupied with a barber shop and an apartment. The inside of that building was filled with smoke so the owners had to open the windows to air it out.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the one structure.

Petrocelli's Hair Salon and barber shop dates back to the 1950' and is well known in Warwick. The shop is filled with mannequins, antiques and decorations. The owner said appointments are still scheduled for Thursday but they are thankful the fire didn't spread.

Firefighters said they believe the home will need to be knocked down.

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