Windswept flames destroy Middletown home

Flames destroyed a home on Smythe Street in Middletown. (Photo from Portsmouth Fire Dept.)

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — It took firefighters about an hour to get an early morning fire in Middletown under control.

The flames broke out on Smythe Street shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday and quickly engulfed the entire home.

Middletown Fire Chief Ron Doire tells Eyewitness News that strong winds made this a particularly tough fire to put out.

“It can make it very dangerous to be inside of a building when you’re fighting a fire,” Doire explained. “As they open up doors and windows, the wind can really create a very dangerous situation for firefighters when they’re inside the building.”

Two adults and five children escaped the burning home unharmed, however, the family’s cat did not survive, according to the chief.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the family with shelter and other needs.

Doire said the house is likely a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.