Firefighters deem South Kingstown house a total loss Thursday, rekindles Friday

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Local crews braved the cold conditions to battle a devastating fire in South Kingstown Thursday night.

Chief Steven Pinch, of the Union Fire District in South Kingston, told Eyewitness News the home on Glen Rock Road is a total loss. He said fighting the flames was already a challenge and the frigid temperatures only added to the stress.

“We were forced to filter in a few different crews and get the other crews off to get them warm,” Pinch said. “We’re using a lot more manpower than we normally use, but we want to rotate crews out because of the weather conditions.”

Chief Pinch said two people were waiting outside the Glen Rock Road home when crews arrived on scene Thursday. The chief said both were taken to the hospital, but he was unsure of their conditions.

The fire is now under investigation, but Chief Pinch ruled out the idea a space heater could have been involved.

Chief Pinch said during this stretch of cold weather, his main concern is keeping his crews safe and sharp – equipping them properly in the elements.

“The gear today is great gear. It provides a great base for the elements,” he said. “With the elements and what we have to do for our job, it has to be switched out and we have to make sure our firefighters are hydrated.”

Crews were called back to the scene on Friday morning. Dispatchers say the fire rekindled around 3:30 a.m.