Above: Sunday’s brush fire came with 50 feet of at least one Tamarack Drive home. Photo by Chuck Ranney
By Elizabeth F. McNamara
Photos by Chuck Ranney
Editor’s note: This story has been added to since it was first posted.
A brush fire that started along Route 4, jumped over Avenger Drive and was making its way to Tamarack Drive was stopped Sunday afternoon by firefighters from East Greenwich, Warwick, North Kingstown and Coventry. The blaze burned roughly 5 acres, fire officials estimated.
West Warwick firefighters covered EG’s two fire stations.
According to Capt. Joe Richardson, the ranking EG fire official at the scene, the four fire departments worked well together. He said the combined effort help to stop the fire before it was able to reach any of the houses that line Tamarack Drive. One witness said the fire got as close as 50 feet to one house.
“It was a credit to all involved,” he said.
The first alarm, about a fire beside Route 4, came in around 4 p.m. Cole 8th grader Sam Collier was biking over to the high school skate part with friends Brody McGuire and Cody Coppola when they saw smoke coming from behind houses on Tamarack. They rode over to the high school.
“We started going up Avenger Drive and there was so much smoke,” Collier said. “We started to see the fire. We had 911 on speed dial.”
The fire trucks first drove to the east side of Route 4 – where the brush fire had begun. By then, the flames were heading toward Tamarack.
“People’s backyards started to catch fire but that’s when the firefighters started to get control of it,” said Collier.
The fire was cleared by about 6:30.
Brush fire season typically runs from March 15 to May 15, fueled by remaining dead leaves, so this is a little early, possibly due to the relatively snowless winter.
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