Barrington house catches fire twice within 24 hours

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters were called to a vacant house in Barrington for the second time in as many days early Thursday morning.

The second fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. on Northwest Passage. The first one happened Wednesday morning, which led officials to cut both power and gas from the house.

Investigators believe both fires were deliberately set.

“A neighbor heard a noise and saw something going on,” said Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessette. “Appears to be a second arson attempt at the same dwelling.”

The neighbor who called it in said he heard an explosion loud enough to wake him up before seeing flames coming from the first floor of the house.

Authorities said the house has been sitting vacant for several months. According to the neighbor, the owner built the home and was having trouble selling it.

Bessette could not say if the doors and windows to the house were locked Thursday morning. The town’s police chief said there was no sign of forced entry after the first fire.

There were no injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state Fire Marshal’s office at (401) 383-7723.