Barn in Cranston destroyed by fire

(Matt Beltz/WPRI)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – A fire on Seven Mile Road in Cranston Sunday morning has destroyed at least one building.

Fire crews were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. to 765 Seven Mile Road, which is on the border of Cranston and Scituate, and found a barn on the property fully-involved.

The barn, estimated to be about 100×100 feet in size, burned to the ground. City fire officials said the main part of the barn was three stories high, and there were several smaller barns extending off from the main part. The whole structure was destroyed. Officials said it contained animals including goats and horses, hay, and a machine shop or repair shop; 11 animals are believed to have died in the fire.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Cranston firefighters deployed three engines, two ladders, and their special hazards truck, and had help from neighboring Scituate in the form of several tankers. Cold temperatures hampered firefighting efforts but didn’t cause any major problems, officials said.

The main house on the property was not attached to the barn and was not damaged. Neighbors told Eyewitness News that they didn’t think anybody was currently living in the home.

About an hour after firefighters arrived, the fire appeared to be under control and crews were extinguishing hot spots. There’s no word yet on what started the fire.