Crews fight two Westport fires, one in historic house


Westport fire crews were called to battle house fires twice in less than 24 hours last week. One was in a historic Westport Point home.

The first blaze was called in at 1:57 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, in a single-family home at 41 Grand Pine Way (just west of the intersection of Routes 6 and 88).

The owners (the house is owned by Marie Cordeiro), who called 911, said they were across the street at a neighbor's house when they heard their smoke detectors sounding.

Firefighters discovered a fire in the kitchen and smoke in the first floor. They quickly extinguished the blaze but the house sustained what the Fire Department described as about $10,000 worth of moderate smoke damage.

It is believed that the fire started in the dishwasher.

Firefighters responded with three engines and a ladder truck.

At about 11 a.m. the next day (Wednesday), firefighters from Westport and Little Compton were summoned to extinguish a basement fire at 1950 Main Road in the Westport Point historic district — the Capt. Edward G. Sowle House built circa 1835.

Homeowner June Roche reported hearing an explosion and discovering a fire in the basement.

Firefighters managed to put out the fire in about 15 minutes. They report that the blaze did not spread beyond the basement and is believed to have gotten its start near or in basement electrical panels. Electrical service to the house had to be cut off until repairs can be made.

Smoke spread throughout the house and damage is estimated at around $60,000. No injuries were reported in either blaze.

Fall River provided backup by sending an ambulance to an unrelated rescue call in town at the same time.



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