Decades-old Glocester home destroyed in fire

WPRI/Tyler Unwin

GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) — Despite efforts from firefighters, a 75-year-old home in Glocester burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon.

An explosion at about 1 p.m. alerted a neighbor that something was wrong at the Old Snake Hill Road residence.

Firefighters arrived soon after to find the house completely engulfed in flames.

“It was pretty much a defensive attack. I called for additional help, tankers and everything, so we can do a ‘surround and drown,’ a defensive type of attack on the house,” said Deputy Fire Chief Brian McKay. “There was a lot of ammunition in the house when we first pulled on scene. It was going off, so we kind of just stayed back a little bit. But it ended pretty quick because of the intense fire.”

The colonial, built in 1940, was completely destroyed. McKay said it will take some time for investigators to determine the cause and for the family to recover.

No injuries were reported.

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