SMITHFIELD, RI (PROVIDENCE COUNTY) – Just before midnight on November 7, 2008 an on duty Smithfield Fire Captain at Station 2 on Farnum Pike heard crackling and windows breaking while walking around his firehouse. The Captain decided to go for a walk outside his firehouse to investigate. He found a well involved 1 story wdfm dwelling just about 3 houses down from the station. The captain alerted his men and fire alarm on what he found and a 1st alarm was struck for the address of 50 Farnum Pike. The 50x50 wood dwelling was set back behind a 2sty dwelling in a rear lot. Heavy fire was ripping through this unoccupied structure on the sides 2, 3, and 4. Big lines were stretched off of Engine 2 to start fire suppression. Engine 1 arrived and laid 1000’ of 5” supply line from Farnum Pike up to the scene. Four lines were stretched off of Engine 2 to knock the heavy fire down. The roof collapsed along the entire side 3 wall. The home is a total loss due to the heavy fire damage sustained throughout. The OIC requested mutual aid from North Providence, which supplied a Task Force to the scene. Station coverage was provided by Johnston, North Smithfield, and Harmony Fire Departments.