2007-12-20 / News

Early morning fire destroys historic home

By Tom Shevlin

The Carr-Hazard House suffered severe damage in an early morning fire on Dec. 16. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten The Carr-Hazard House suffered severe damage in an early morning fire on Dec. 16. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten The sound of the fire horn on Sunday morning was a call for the Jamestown Fire Department to respond to a late-night fire which kept firefighters on the scene for almost five hours.

According to Jamestown Fire Chief James R. Bryer, Jr., units arrived at 30 Rub St., also known as the Carr-Hazard House, at approximately 1:05 a.m. The fire "pretty much totaled" the 1700'sera structure, Bryer said.

Battling freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, and rain, and a completely wood-frame structure, fire officials made the decision to call in mutual aid from surrounding communities.

According to Bryer, units from Exeter, North Kingstown, and Providence responded, including two tankers from Exeter and a North Kingstown pumper as well as a ladder truck. The Providence Canteen Company provided support in the form of hot drinks and food to the first responders, while the Jamestown Department of Public Works treated the ice and snowcovered roadway. Units from the Jamestown Police and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the fire, as did the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross and the Rhode Island State Fire Marshall.

According to Bryer, despite the winter conditions, firefighters were able to contain the blaze within approximately two hours, although crews remained for another three hours, and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire, which took place in what is part of the Jamestown Windmill Hill Historic District, is still being investigated.

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