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Tiverton Firefighters Battle House Blaze

Correction: Patch has learned a firefighter was injured during Saturday's house fire response. We previously reported there were no injuries. A separate article on this update will be posted Monday. 

Tiverton firefighters responded to reports of a house fire Saturday night on Main Road.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., the Tiverton Fire Department received a call for smoke in the basement of an occupied home at 148 Main Road.

The members assigned to Station 2 in the north end were currently out on a rescue call with Rescue 2 which left that station empty. The station is two blocks from the fire scene.

Crews from Crandall Road and South Tiverton responded. Off-duty firefighter Lt. Joseph Plocica responded from his home and found heavy smoke pushing from the basement and first floor.

He called on his department radio and reported a working structure fire. He then assisted the residents with escaping the home.

The fire progressed to the first floor and a second alarm was transmitted to bring additional resources to fight the fire. Units from Portsmouth, Fall River, and Westport responded to assist Tiverton Fire Department. Swansea, Middletown and Little Compton provided additional station coverage.

A ladder truck from Fall River also responded and had to cut the roof to let the heat and smoke out of the building so firefighters could extinguish the blaze.

The fire was eventually extinguished. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
My View December 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM
This is just an exchange of ideas on how to resolve the lack of enough personnel without breaking the taxpayers back. We seriously need to put all ideas on the table. This means to look at all operations of the town and how efficient they are. Could the town government be run more cost effective on all levels? If outsourcing makes sense in some town functions then that is what the town should do. New ideas and innovation are the key to resolving this problem.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Idea noted. Bad idea. Dpw already stripped and police and fire are sufficient. Don't mention school cuts even though it is the biggest expense in town. Parents will crucify you. I have one in school and two going soon but there is always money to be saved somewhere
Renee Cwiek December 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Are their volunteers paid? My father was a volunteer at CFD for years, and he got paid for every call he went on. Not sure what the amount was.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Medical is paid per run in both warren and bristol. People are working two or more jobs to make ends meet and have families on top of that. I was able to volunteer when I was single with no house or wife or kids. Never happen now.
Just Another Taxpayer December 10, 2013 at 08:11 AM
One again, "My View" sounds like our good friend Ruth Rachel.

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