Brush fire in East Greenwich spreads towards high school

EACH GREENWICH, R.I. (WLNE): Crews battled a brush fire in East Greenwich on Sunday evening.

The East Greenwich Fire Department responded to Route 4 northbound around 4:30 p.m., according to Captain Joseph Richardson.

The fire then spread to Avenger Drive near East Greenwich High School. According to Richardson, the fire destroyed more than 2 acres of land.

No one at the high school was affected and crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to homes.

An eighth-grader, Sam Collier, was riding his bike with his friends when he noticed the fire.

“As we rode through we saw a bunch of thick smoke and the field just burned down,” Collier said.

Multiple fire departments helped out including North Kingstown, Warwick, Coventry, and West Warwick.

The fire marshall is still investigating. However, a cigarette is believed to be the cause.

 

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