House fire in Portsmouth causes unlivable conditions
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WLNE) – A severe housefire Wednesday afternoon in Portsmouth required multiple local fire departments to respond to the scene on Sea Meadow Drive.
The house was left permanently damaged.
“The whole roof line had visible flames and smoke showing,” said Portsmouth Fire Department Assistant Chief Howard Tighe. “There was a heavy fire on the second floor of the house above a second garage storage area and an office area.”
Multiple 911 calls were placed just after 4 p.m., and only eight firemen showed due to other calls placed at the same time in the Portsmouth area.
The fire was put out within 20 minutes of their arrival.
“We got assistance from Newport Fire Department, Newport Naval Fire Department, Tiverton Fire Department, Bristol,” said Tighe. He continued, “All responded to the scene or to cover additional calls in Portsmouth while we were tied up on scene.”
There were no injuries reported, as there were no residents in the house during the fire. It is still unknown as to what caused the housefire.
Fire marshals continue to investigate the scene in search for a source.
“It’s unlivable. The occupant is being assisted by Red Cross,” Tighe said.