UPDATE: Human remains found in aftermath of Portsmouth fires
By: News Staff
Reporting by: Alana Cerrone
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WLNE) — A set of human remains were found in the rubble Wednesday afternoon after three homes along the Portsmouth water front went up in flames in the early hours of the morning.
Portsmouth Police confirmed that human remains were recovered by crews working on the scene of the early morning fires.
The 911 call came in to first responders around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. They arrived on Narragansett Blvd. to heavy smoke and fire. There were reports of several explosions, which could possibly be attributed to propane.
Crews battled the flames for hours, as they tried to put out the stubborn flames.
At least one couple was able to escape safely. It’s unknown whether the other homes were occupied at the time of the fire.
“We’re still in suppression, trying to put some of the fires out, and some of the buildings are just so involved in fire that we couldn’t make entry into the home. But we’re not sure if those people are out of town or if they're just not home, so we're still working through that,” said Chief Brian Cranson.
Crews from several surrounding communities, including Bristol, Tiverton and Swansea, were called in to provide mutual aid.
The Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s office is also investigating.
The individual believed killed in the fire has not been identified at this time.