As part of home collapses in Smithfield fire, crews run out of water

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) — A home in Smithfield was heavily damage in a fire Tuesday.

The fire happened at about 9 a.m. on Melissa Circle.

A fire breaks out in a home on Melissa Circle in Smithfield, Tuesday, may 16, 2023. (WLNE)

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Quattrini told ABC 6 News the fire started in the garage area of the home, causing heavy damage to the garage and above it.

Quattrini said that part of the home collapsed. The rest of the home, he said, sustained smoke damage.

A home garage on Melissa Circle in Smithfield is seen damaged after a fire, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. (WLNE)

No one was in the home at the time of the fire.

Quattrini said there was some water issues because there are no fire hydrants in the area. Firefighters had to initially use water from their trucks to fight the fire and were able to control the majority of it.

Smithfield paramedics are seen outside of a home on Melissa Circle after a fire, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. (WLNE)

He said they eventually ran out of water and had to wait for mutual aid tankers from other towns.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the fire.

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