Crews battle hefty fire in West Warwick

WPRI/ Kim Kalunian

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — For the second time this year, a fire broke out inside a building across from a city fire station.

Eyewitness News has learned the three-story building on Main Street will be demolished in the near future. Crews arrived around 10 p.m. Sunday after someone went to the fire station nearby to alert them.

People who witnessed the fire said flames were seen coming from both the basement and the top floor. Firefighters said the fire spread quickly through the vacant building since it had recently suffered another fire just four months ago in mid-January.

Last month, four people were arrested in connection to that fire. Their ages range from 18 to 23, and they all were charged with breaking and entering.

According to investigators, the two men and two women used the vacant home as a place to drink and do drugs.

The building was boarded up after the winter fire. But, officials said they have reason to believe someone was living inside it before it caught fire again Sunday night.

“The building was boarded up in the front, we got to the back, the back door was open,” said Batt. Chief Paul Boisclair. “Someone was probably living in there.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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