Woonsocket, RI ~ A fire alarm sounding early in the morning of April 30, 2012 alerted firefighters to the large tenement dwelling at 1081 Social Street. Engine 2 arrived to find nothing showing from the 3-story wood framed multi occupancy structure. Companies entered the building to investigate the annunciator panel and then made their way to the third floor.
The rest of the box assignment awaited outside as Engine 2 investigated with Tower 2. A decent smoke condition was found on the third floor and this time it didn’t have the “food on the stove” smell. Command was notified that there was a fire in the apartment and a hose line was needed.
The Incident Commander notified the Fire Alarm Office that he had a working fire. Ladder 1, Engine 1
and Rescue 1 were dispatched to fill in the assignment and FAST team duties. Interior squads found fire in a partition that was extending towards the flat roofed attic. The fire was quickly doused before it made and further destruction to the structure.
Salvage covers were placed in the lower apartments and members also used water vacuums to pick up the standing water in the apa
rtments. One occupant was treated by EMS on scene for an unknown issue. Twelve residents were displaced due the fire.