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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.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I think that makes 3/3 the number of times engine 2 was unmanned due to a medical call while a fire occurred in its district. Not having that busy station manned properly is dangerous.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Within the past two to three months that is...
Just Another Taxpayer December 09, 2013 at 09:19 AM
RI Politics, why was the station unmanned?
Joe S. December 09, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Another reason to privatize ambulance service.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Jat read the article again. Medical call. Only two guys in that station. Joe s ... All the answers
Renee Cwiek December 09, 2013 at 09:50 AM
So then the person having a heart attack has to wait for an ambulance?
Hayley S December 09, 2013 at 11:31 AM
We have a ton of firefighters being paid by US in this over-taxed town where people lost homes and the elderly had to leave due to massively high taxes, some of the highest in the state!!! Where were they? There are on-call firefighters, why did it take them so long - that is why the fire got stronger!!! They did too little too late - when they arrived it was smoke - they allowed it to increase to a large blaze!!! They were so near and if they were expert they could have contained it better!!!
Renee Cwiek December 09, 2013 at 11:37 AM
It's not an easy job fighting fires. These people risk their lives every day. To tell them they're not experts and did too late too late is just so incredibly wrong. They go there as fast as they could. I'm sure no one sat there eating donuts instead of responding.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Haley I guess you can't read either. That station is only manned by two firefighter emts. They were already on a medical call when the fire came in. That is the sole reason the fire had to wait for the other two stations 7 and 12 minutes away. It happens often. Res 2 is a busy truck and it is out a lot leaving north Tiv unprotected.
Just Another Taxpayer December 09, 2013 at 12:26 PM
RI Politics, I see that the 2 EMT's were out on a call, I didn't realize only 2 firefighters were assigned to the station in question?
Just Another Taxpayer December 09, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Hayley S, are you a trained firefighter? How do you know what the firefighters did was incorrect in fighting the fire? You sound like disgruntled taxpayer. What is your favorite drink? Tea anyone.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Yes. A town like Tiverton (similar in length to east prov) needs to have three stations to try to cover everyone. The south station only has two guys as well and it takes a good chunk of time to get up to the north end for any call.
Just Another Taxpayer December 09, 2013 at 12:31 PM
On second thought, you sound like an unsuccessful candidate for the Tiverton School Committee. Should we call you Ruth Rachel?
Just Another Taxpayer December 09, 2013 at 12:33 PM
RI Politics, it appears the staffing levels at this station should be reviewed by the Town Council and Fire Chief.
Jim L December 09, 2013 at 12:36 PM
A study should be done about just how much useage each fire station gets and the kind of aid provided, this shouldn't be that hard given the use of computers now a days, , In fairness it must be noted that even if the emt's had shown up to the fire first , they are trained firefighters and probaly wouldn't have be able to stop another fire fighter being injured. No lives were lost on either incindent and that is a good thing Saving lives is more inportant than saving buildings, To me it seems to be better to respond fast to someone dying than something burning
Just Another Taxpayer December 09, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Hayley S, I mean Ruth Rachel, where did you go?
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Speaking only as someone that is familiar with our fire dept aw I have used them on occasion, I would agree with you. I do believe base on the Tiv fire website they are short three members.
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Maybe your right jim. Two men showing up in two minuted certainly would have dropped some good water. The bottom line though is that the occupants are safe. Off duty Lt placica made sure the occupants were accounted for. Property can be replaced...people cannot. Tiv fire did a great job in this situation.
Renee Cwiek December 09, 2013 at 12:44 PM
I have to agree with Jim. No one was injured. That is the most important thing! What if we had one station that was more centrally located?
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Can't knock that suggestion Renee. Where would central be? Never going to please everyone. Tiv is long and just driving normal speed from line to line is a solid fifteen minutes. The fire personnel do a hell of a job with what they have. Credit they deserve.
Jethro60 December 09, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Joe S. said: Joe S.December 09, 2013 at 09:33 AM "Another reason to privatize ambulance service." Wrong again Joe. If theto wn were to privatize the ambulance service, you would have LESS firefighters available. In our town, all of our firefighters are cross trained as emergency medical technicians and paramedics, thereby having the benefit of individuals trained in both firefighting and emergency medical care. You just hate the fire department and the firefighters Joe-Why is that?
Joe S. December 09, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Jethro I knew it would go over your head . Don't try to figure it out .
My View December 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
There is solution to this short staffing and increasing man hours and keeping cost down. Volunteer Fire Fighters. This used to be the norm until the volunteers were discouraged from becoming involved. Then they were eliminated. North Tiverton Volunteer Fire Dept. was the name on the building. Volunteer FF in Penn. is at 96%.
Joe S. December 09, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Fire Fighting has changed . Bristol still uses Volunteer Fire Fighters. The problem is there's no one to lead an effort . The days of volunteers in Tiv. are gone . Privatizing Ambulance services and keeping fire fighters to fight fires is an alternative .
RI Politics December 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
If you think volunteers are the answer then why don't you call the bristol and warren fire chiefs. Bristol just held a drive for volunteers with little success. First time ever that they begged for volunteers. Warren has been trying to put paid rescue personnel on for a few years now. Who can afford to volunteer anymore. Look up the facts. Small town examples don't count. There are thousands of towns with volunteer fire departments...towns with a population of 500.
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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