Rental beach house catches fire in Narragansett

(Report It! photo/ Mitchell McConnell)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — A rental home on Major Arnold Road near Scarborough Beach in Narragansett went up in flames Tuesday.

ReportIt! photos sent to Eyewitness News show the home engulfed in flames and heavy, black smoke filling the sky.

“It was just like this smoke, was like black and then all of a sudden the flames came out,” said neighbor Doris Dimeo. “It was pretty intense, it was kind of scary. It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like it.”

Dimeo said she and others called for help and the firefighters quickly arrived to extinguish the flames.

“They made sure that no one was in the house, they were going from window to window. There was some air conditioning in the windows so they pulled those out and luckily nobody was in there,” she explained.

Captain Greg Anderson with the Narragansett Fire Department said the home was filled with flames and firefighters weren’t able to get inside until they were mostly knocked down.

Some of the firefighters were treated for heat-related issues, he said. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported and all firefighters are expected to be alright.

“You know, to hit in the middle of summer like this when it’s so hot – takes a lot of effort for the guys to get it out,” he said.

(Report It! photo/ Mitchell McConnell)
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It took crews about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames and now the state fire marshal is investigating what caused the fire.

“There was [sic] some venting propane tanks in the back but no explosions,” Anderson said.

Dimeo said she could hear the windows popping and was unsure if there was going to be an explosion.

“We didn’t know if there was something in it that was going to blow it up,” she said. “It was kind of scary.”

Neighbors said the home is used for rentals – but the owner of the home was staying there at the time.

The home appears to be a total loss.

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