Massive fire destroys West Greenwich home

Fire on Hopkins Hill Road in West Greenwich (Photo: Justin White/WPRI-TV)

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — A West Greenwich home was reduced to rubble after it caught fire early Friday morning.

Officials said the flames broke out at about 2:30 a.m. at the home on Hopkins Hill Road.

Exeter Fire Chief David Chamberlain said one man was inside the home at the time.

“He woke up and realized the house was on fire. He exited the house,” said Chamberlain. “He actually went back into the house to get some clothes and, according to the police, he almost did not get out.”

“There was no roof left,” the chief added. “Flames were coming through everything. It was fully involved.”

Explosions could be heard during the fire, which officials later said were caused by propane tanks.

A friend of the homeowner said two cats were found safe late Friday morning. A family member said there were three cats in all.

There are no hydrants in the area, according to Chamberlain, so tankers had to be brought in to supply crews with water. Firefighters from several nearby departments were called in to assist.

No firefighters were hurt while battling the flames.

A contractor said a mobile home will soon be put on the site.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.