2018-05-03 / Front Page

FIRE DESTROYS DORY STREET HOME; NO INJURIES

BY TIM RIEL


Lt. Steve Froberg waits for water pressure Sunday night so he can fight the fire that tore through 58 Dory St., leaving the occupants homeless. 
PHOTO BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN Lt. Steve Froberg waits for water pressure Sunday night so he can fight the fire that tore through 58 Dory St., leaving the occupants homeless. PHOTO BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN A family of four, including an infant, was able to escape from a house fire Sunday night in the Jamestown Shores that took about two dozen firefighters 90 minutes to extinguish.

According to Fire Chief Jim Bryer, crews were dispatched to 58 Dory St. at 11:38 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from the family. While the house is unlivable, Bryer was surprised the walls still were standing when he arrived on scene. He credited the firefighters.

“They did a fantastic job,” he said. “When I got there, I thought the house was going to be a goner, but they were able to knock it down really quickly.”

According to the report, the man of the house heard the upstairs smoke detectors and went downstairs to discover a fire near the wood stove. Although the state fire marshal is investigating the blaze, Bryer said there appears to be no foul play.

“It’s definitely accidental,” he said.

Along with camera crews from channels 10 and 12, firefighters from North Kingstown and a tanker truck from Middletown were on scene. Members of the Newport department also arrived in town to manage the fire station in case there was another fire while Jamestown crews were dispatched to Dory Street. Firefighters from Exeter-West Greenwich were en route when they were told to turn around because local crews were able to get the blaze under control, Bryer said.

Along with the infant, the parents and a toddler also escaped to safety. According to town records, the home was assessed at $339,300 in 2015.

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