Fire marshal: Historic Newport homes damaged by fire not a total loss

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – A late-night fire damaged two historic homes Tuesday, but the Newport fire marshal said both homes will be restorable.

According to the Newport Fire Department, the fire started around 11:15 p.m. and affected two houses on Second Street. Both homes are on the National Register of Historic Places and were built in the early 1800s.

“Although there was extensive damage it will be able to be salvaged,” Newport Fire Marshal Wayne Clark said. “It’s not going to have to be taken down, it’ll just need a lot of work to get back to where it was.”

According to Clark, all residents were able to get out safely, though a dog who lived at one of the homes died. Clark said one firefighter was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation but “seems to be doing fine right now.”

According to Clark, the Red Cross was called in to assist the residents of one of the houses. Residents of the other home are staying with relatives, Clark said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Clark said the fire likely started outside one of the homes.

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