Family's cat killed in Barrington house fire


The Barrington Fire Department responded to a basement fire at a Salisbury Road residence on Thursday afternoon that claimed the life of the homeowners' cat.

According to a report from the department, the emergency call was placed just after 6 p.m. The homeowner arrived home and upon opening his front door "found thick black smoke inside the residence and called 911."

The fire department reportedly arrived on scene and encountered heavy smoke.

"We proceeded to the basement area and encountered moderate heat and zero visibility," stated a release from the department. "With the use of a TIC (Thermal Imaging Camera) we were able to find the seat of the fire and extinguished it with a single attack line."

The home — located at 26 Salisbury Road — reportedly sustained smoke damage to the first and second floors. The fire also damaged floor joists inside the home.

"Unfortunately the family's cat perished in the fire," stated the release.

Fire officials said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. East Providence provided mutual aid during the response.


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