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Pawtucket, RI – Heavy smoke and fire conditions greeted the Engine 1 as they arrived on scene of this occupied 30x60 3sty wood framed dwelling at 121 Magill Street around 0300hrs in the morning on October 3, 2009. The second floor side 3-4 corner had heavy overlapping fire running the stairwell upwards as companies started an aggressive interior attack. Engines 5 and 2 tagged water supplies and also stretched in back lines to try to get a hold on the rapidly spreading blaze. The Battalion 4 requested a second alarm soon after his arrival. The fire was now spreading into the third floor and cockloft of this flat roofed balloon framed New England triple decker. The chief had fire alarm transmit the evacuation tones and to strike the third alarm bringing the rest of the city’s fire apparatus to the scene. Once all firefighters were outside, a manpower roll call was conducted. Ladder 2 and Tower Ladder 2 had a difficult time getting their sticks into position due to overhead wires as several big lines were stretched. Portable guns along with regular 2 ½” nozzles were in place on all four sides as Tower Ladder 1 and Ladder 2 went to work with their pipes. The bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down in an hour allowing the firefighters to reenter the dwelling to get to pockets of hidden fire. The fire was placed under control around 0430hrs. Mutual Aid from Providence, North Providence, and East Providence covered the empty firehouses during the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Pawtucket Fire Department. As companies were mopping up at the 3rd Alarm, the covering companies handled a car fire that extended to a dwelling on Baldwin Street. This was the third fire of the shift for the Pawtucket Fire Department. The first fire was a commercial dumpster that had extended to a vacant 2.5sty dwelling on Centre Street around 1900hrs.
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