Firefighters save house after Tiverton basement fire



TIVERTON — A Tiverton firefighter was injured, and a family of five was evacuated from their home as a result of a house fire Saturday at 9:40 p.m. at 148 Main Road in Tiverton.

Quick work by responding Tiverton firefighters and units from  nearby communities saved the house, although "there was heavy interior damage," said Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd. The fire was brought under control at about  10:20 p.m..

The initial call reported smoke in the basement of the dwelling. Members of Tiverton Fire Department Station 2 on north Main Road, two blocks from the fire scene, were already out on a rescue call, Chief Lloyd said, leaving the station empty.

Crews from Crandall Road and South Tiverton (East Road) responded, as did off-duty fire department Lieutenant Joseph Plocica, who went to the scene directly from his home.

Chief Lloyd said Lt. Plocica "found heavy smoke pushing from the basement and first floor," and issued a call for aid reporting a working structure fire. "He then assisted the residents to escape the home," Chief Lloyd said.

"The fire progressed to the first floor and a second alarm was transmitted to bring additional resources to fight the fire," the chief said.

Nobody inside the house was harmed, but the firefighter who was hurt was treated for a knee injury after he slipped on icy steps.

The blaze itself, and the need to cover other areas of Tiverton during the fire, involved firefighting units from multiple neighboring towns including Portsmouth, Westport, Swansea, Middletown, Little Compton, and Fall River, which deployed a ladder truck, Chief Lloyd said.

At one point, the chief said, firefighters "had to cut a hole in the roof to let the heat and smoke out of the building so firefighters could extinguish the flames."

The family of five that occupied the house were all adults and were being assisted by the Red Cross, Chief Lloyd said.



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