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Portsmouth firefighters pack up lines of hose after extinguishing a brush fire that ignited the hull of a Fiberglas boat on East Main Road early Saturday night. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Permitted Portsmouth brush fire gets out of control

PORTSMOUTH — When you get a permit for a controlled burn in your yard, make sure it’s for the right size fire. That’s the lesson to be learned from a brush fire that got out of control and ignited a nearby boat hull early Saturday evening. The fire took place in the backyard of a home...

Town Council President James Seveney reads a proclamation of congratulations to Lt. Kenneth Stone, who retired last month after 20 years of service. Fire Chief Michael Cranson is at far right.

Retiring Portsmouth lieutenant firefighter congratulated

PORTSMOUTH — Lt. Kenneth Stone of the Portsmouth Fire Department was presented with a proclamation of congratulations by the Town Council Monday night on the occasion of his retirement after 20 years of service. Lt. Stone’s retirement was effective July 6. He first began his career with the Fire Department on July 5, 1994. In a...

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Portsmouth police in high-speed chase of motorcyclist

PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week. Wednesday, July 16 Firefighters and police responded around 12:30 p.m. to a car fire on Glen Farm Road, where they found the hood of a 2000 Buick LeSabre fully engulfed in flames. The driver said he had gotten into...

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Discarded cigarette blamed for Portsmouth fire

PORTSMOUTH — An improperly discarded cigarette was the likely cause of last week’s fire that displaced a family of four from their Sprague Street home, a representative from the state fire marshal’s office said Monday. The official said an investigation of the incident revealed that a lit cigarette appeared to have accidentally ignited some outside...

The Sprague Street home as it appeared late Thursday morning.

Fund set up to help Portsmouth family displaced by fire

PORTSMOUTH — Just hours after a devastating fire drove four members of the Raposa family from their Sprague Street home, a fund was set up to assist them through the ordeal. The Raposa Family Fire Fund has been established to help Jake and Allie Raposa and their two children, who safely fled the fire that broke...

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Family escapes house fire in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — A family of four is safe after a fire tore through their Sprague Street home early Thursday morning. According to firefighters, family members got out of the house by following an escape plan they had practiced in advance. The Portsmouth Fire Department received a 911 call at 3:08 a.m. reporting a house fire at...

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Portsmouth police charge man with domestic assault

PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week. Wednesday, May 21 Steven B. Cox, 55, of 19 Chapel Terrace, Apt. 514, Newport, was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Second District Court. Police made the arrest after responding to the Cumberland Farms in the south end of...

Prevention groups praise Portsmouth, Tiverton bus drivers

 PORTSMOUTH — In a cramped upstairs meeting room at First Student Bus Co. Tuesday morning, many of the 30 or so drivers and aides sitting before Ray Davis nodded along when he described how quickly kids let their guard down when they board their yellow coaches. “I don’t know why, but I think for some reason...

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Portsmouth is now ‘HEARTSafe’

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth has become only the eighth municipality in the state, and the first on Aquidneck Island, to earn the “HEARTSafe Community” designation. The Fire Department received notification of the recognition from the state Department of Health last week. HEARTSafe, a collaboration between the Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the Providence affiliate of...

Kevin and Aimee Sweeney with their two sons, Shaun (left) and Quinn, after Saturday's "Lap of Love."

Portsmouth family overwhelmed by support after fire

PORTSMOUTH — Something terrible happened to the Sweeney family on Feb. 22. Then, a week later, something wonderful took place that Kevin Sweeney says has forever changed his outlook on life. About 400 neighbors, friends, family members and perfect strangers came out to Common Fence Point Saturday to take a “Lap of Love” walk in support...

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