Documents: Warwick homeowner ordered to remove debris months before fire

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a fire that severely damaged a Warwick home.

The city’s assistant fire marshal said Monday night’s fire at 155 Greeley Avenue totaled the house, which is about 90 years old.

The cause of the fire is undetermined right now, though the assistant fire marshal met with an electrical inspector on Tuesday – to look at the condition of the wiring and a panel in the basement.

Eyewitness News has obtained a notice of violation sent from the city’s Division of Property Maintenance to owner Paul Germain in late August.

In it, officials gave Germain 10 days to remove, among other things, rubbish, including an old shopping cart, old windows, wood, tires and metal from the property. He was also ordered to remove improperly stored firewood that can harbor rodents.

Four months later, Eyewitness News observed a shopping cart, still present outside the home. A large pane of glass and several piles of wood were also still on the property.

The assistant fire marshal said there was debris inside the house when firefighters arrived, though he did not elaborate on the conditions inside the home. He said the debris did not prevent entry or cause the fire.

Eyewitness News has learned the owner worked for the City of Warwick for 18 years.

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