Cumberland, RI ~ Stations 1, 2, 4, 5 and Rescue 2 were dispatched to 181 Ann Street in the Valley Falls Section of the town around 1130hrs on July 25, 2012. As companies were turning out, fire alarm notified units that they were receiving numerous calls. A police unit arrived first and confirmed the working fire.
Truck- 1 arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the C-Side of an occupied 1.5sty wdfm dwelling. They began to stretch attack lines to attempt knock down. Rescue 2’s crew also took and attack line to the rear via side B. Heavy fire was consuming the rear deck, which was also a carport.
Engine 22 positioned themselves on the A/B corner after laying several hundred feet of LDH feeder into Truck 1. The homeowners were safely outside as companies arrived. Engine 22 made their way inside to assist in back up line duty. Engine 41 found heavy fire in the basement as they stretched in from the B/C sides.
Truck 5’s crew made the roof from extension ladders to perform vertical ventilation. Rescue 1 was dispatched to set up the EMS rehabilitation sector. Lincoln Ladder 5 was requested for FAST operations but was quickly put to work to assist in overhauling. Lincoln Engine 4 was then special called for FAST.
Companies rotated out several times due to heat and humidity as temperatures were in the low 90’s. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in 30 minutes after arrival with extensive overhauling to continue for hours. The Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted with origin and cause.