House fire in North Kingstown injures 3 firefighters
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — A house fire in North Kingstown injured three firefighters early Monday morning.
The fire happened just after 5 a.m. on Juniper Drive.
Fire Chief Scott Kettelle said that the home caught fire when lightning struck a nearby tree. The tree went up in flames and then spread to the home.
“Lightning struck a tree, and followed into the house, and that’s where it apparently started,” Kettelle said.
Two firefighters had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. One of those firefighters needed to be treated for heat exhaustion and was taken to Kent Hospital, the other was taken to South County Hospital for a back injury.
“The back injury seemed like it was pretty significant in terms of pain and injury… so we’re waiting to hear from the hospital,” Kettelle said.
A third firefighter, according to the chief, was treated at the scene for injuries he sustained when the home’s roof collapsed.