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UPDATE: One Found Dead in Prudence Island House Fire

One person has been found dead after a fire destroyed a house on Prudence Island Tuesday morning.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. today.

Officials have discovered a body in the remains of a house fire on Prudence Island, reported The Sakonnet Times on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Providence Journal also reports officials are now confirming a person was killed in the fire. The victim's identity has not been released. 

"During a search of the ruins, investigators discovered one set of human remains," wrote Portsmouth Police Chief Lance Hebert in an e-mailed statement Tuesday afternoon. 

"The Portsmouth police are working in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal and Medical Examiner’s Office to investigate the incident and identify the remains."

Portsmouth fire crews battled a fast-moving house fire on Prudence Island on Tuesday morning. The blaze completely destroyed the single-family home on Concord Avenue, located near the west side of the island. 

Police detectives and members of the Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office are currently on scene investigating this fire. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) was also called to the island Tuesday. 

The cause of the blaze is unknown. "The investigation is ongoing," said Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesman for the Portsmouth Fire Department. "The house is fully destroyed." 

The property is owned by Robert McNamara, according to Vision Appraisal. 

The fire, located at 0151 Concord Ave., Prudence Island, began around 7:40 a.m. The house is located off Broadway on the island's west side. Crews were immediately called to the scene. There were no reports of injuries among responders. 

Police reported searched for Shannon Cabellas this morning, a man who was renting the property, according to The Sakonnet Times. 

The cause of the blaze is unknown. The property is owned by Robert McNamara, according to Vision Appraisal. 

"The investigation is ongoing," said Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesman for the Portsmouth Fire Department. "The house is fully destroyed." 

The fire, located at 0151 Concord Ave., Prudence Island, began around 7:40 a.m., reports The Sakonnet Times. The house is located off Broadway on the island's west side. Crews were immediately called to the scene. 

"The house is fully engulfed in flames," said O'Brien around 8:30 a.m. 

Both crews from the Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department and Portsmouth Fire Department were still extinguishing "hot spots" as of 9:53 a.m. Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries among responders. 

National Grid was also called to the island for a report of "live wires down" near the structure. There was also a report of a propane tank located near the flames. 

Jarrod Pimentel September 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Sandy- The name is Shannon Cubellis. He graduated PHS in 02 with me.
Kim B September 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Jarrod - they probably aren't allowed to release the name until it is public record. It is a shame though. I knew him since I was in 5th grade, so basically for 18 years.
TECH September 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
They did release the name in the above article. The spelling has been incorrect since this morning, and evidently it is incorrect in other news outlets. I think Jarrod is just offering the information because the spelling of his name is incorrect in the article and wanted it cleared up.
Keith September 30, 2012 at 07:17 AM
I've only known Shannon for about 6 years now. He has helped myself and my family multiple times with different issues. He'd always drop whatever he was doing to help us. He was always comical and always cheered everyone up. Although I am only 14, I can say that Shannon was a great friend of mine. It's very sad to hear this and we will all miss him. Prayers for him and his family. You'll be missed.
Leo curry October 01, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Shannon rest easy man! You had a heart of gold. Colleen misses you more then words can describe, you were always so good to her. I have known you my entire life & it hurts so much too see you go like this. The fire I personally believe was started by a cigarette. I will never smoke in my house ever again after this hard lesson in life. You will never be forgotten man. The only thing we have left of you is the kitten you & my sister had, he misses his daddy very much. Rest easy!

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