Cranston, RI ~ Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire venting out of the 3rd floor C-D corner windows of this occupied 4 apartment taxpayer style building at the corners of Park Ave and Elmwood Ave around 2130hrs on August 31, 2012. The first floor of the building housed commercial properties. The residents were exiting safely to the streets as companies arrived.
A second alarm was quickly sounded due to the building size and find conditions that were showing. An aggressive interior attack commenced up to the fire floor. Heavy heat and fire was found on the 3rd floor right side apartment as the members attempted to push in to extinguish the blaze.
The fire was rapidly advancing itself into the flat roofed cockloft of this 60’x150’ structure. Heavy smoke was now pushing from the eaves and top floor windows. The fire began to show itself through the roof over the fire rooms.
The OIC had the fire alarm office sound the evacuation tones to get all members safely outside to the rapidly deteriorating conditions. Ladder pipes, a tower ladder, deck guns, and exterior big lines were put into operation once the PAR check proved all members were safely out on the street.
A third alarm was sounded to bring additional engines to the scene for water supply and manpower. The heavy appliances were shut down about an hour into the fire to allow the firefighters to go back inside to perform extensive overhauling.
Reports that one firefighter was evaluated for heat related issues at a local hospital. The building was slated a complete loss and will be demolished.