At 8:39 a.m., the Westport Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a fire in the rear yard at 89 Jillian Way. Captain Michael P. Silvia said the fire was discovered by Robert Morotti of Jillian Way, who was walking his dog and saw smoke coming from the rear of the house. Mr. Morotti was able to alert the occupants, Megan Sousa and her grandmother ,Maria Sousa, and got both of them out of the house prior to the fire department’s arrival.
When fire apparatus arrived about five minutes after receiving the call, they discovered that the fire had already ignited the rear deck and extended to the large two-and-a-half-story wood frame house. Firefighters were able to control the fire by attacking it from inside the house as well as using a master stream from the ladder truck.
Because there are no hydrants in the area, mutual aid was called in to supply water as well as manpower to the scene. Responding to assist Westport were Tiverton, Little Compton, Dartmouth Districts 2 & 3 and Fall River fire departments. Fall River’s EMA rehab unit assisted firefighters with drinking water.
The owners of the house are Gelene and Glenn Sousa. Because the house suffered heavy fire and water damage, the Red Cross was called to assist the family. The blaze remains under the investigation of the Westport Fire Investigation Unit and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office.
There were no reported injuries and the last fire apparatus cleared the scene at 2:21 pm.