Firefighters battle Jillian Way house blaze in Westport

Photos by Rich Dionne
Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd speaks with house owner Gelene Sousa while firefighters continue to fight the blaze. Photos by Rich Dionne Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd speaks with house owner Gelene Sousa while firefighters continue to fight the blaze.

Photos by Rich Dionne Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd speaks with house owner Gelene Sousa while firefighters continue to fight the blaze.

Photos by Rich Dionne
Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd speaks with house owner Gelene Sousa while firefighters continue to fight the blaze.

firemen head down the ladder after knocking down the fire along the roofline.

firemen head down the ladder after knocking down the fire along the roof-line.

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A fireman looks over the destruction caused by a fire that started in the back of the house.

Neighbors in the front yard from left, Kristen Duarte, Morgan Levesque and Debbie Novo clean up photos saved from the fire, for the Sousa family.

Neighbors in the front yard from left, Kristen Duarte, Morgan Levesque and Debbie Novo clean up photos saved from the fire, for the Sousa family.

Flames race up the back of the Jillian Way house Tuesday morning. (WESTPORT POLICE PHOTO)

Flames race up the back of the Jillian Way house Tuesday morning. (WESTPORT POLICE PHOTO)

A week after fire leveled a Meadowbrook Lane house, Westport firefighters were busy battling another house fire, this one Tuesday on Jillian Way.

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.

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