UPDATE: 1 Adult, 1 Pet Injured in Wood Cove Drive Blaze

The fire that destroyed a multi-unit home on Johnson's Pond is said to have started in a clothes dryer.


3:20 p.m.: Reports indicate that homeowner Bob Houghton and his tenants are currently homeless as none of the occupants of the home had insurance. The dog that was transported to Ocean State animal hospital has been treated and released.

10:58 a.m.: According to Central Coventry Fire Captain David Gorman, the fire is believed to have started in an operational clothes dryer located in a first floor laundry room.

"We think that there may have been a clogged dryer hose that backed everything up and caught the clothes on fire," said Gorman. "From there the fire looks to have spread to the kitchen into the attic and then to the rest of the house."

5:17 a.m.: According to officials, one woman was transported to Kent Hospital with non-life threatening smoke inhalation. A dog was also removed from the residence on a stretcher and transported to Ocean State animal hospital with unknown injuries.

The other four residents of the multi-unit home, including an infant escaped safely. Both families have been displaced as investigators say the house is a total loss from smoke and fire damage.

Crews remained at the residence well into Tuesday morning extinugishing hot spots. The State Fire Marshal will be on the scene later this morning to investigate the cause of the fire.

2:29 a.m.: Coventry crews are still on scene maintaining fire-fighting efforts and have started the breakdown of some equipment. Check back with Coventry Patch Tuesday morning for updates on a possible cause of this early morning fire.

1:51 a.m.: Flames are still being reported in the garage area and first floor with hot spots on the second floor and back porch of the residence as crews continue to work.

1:50 a.m.: RI Red Cross has been contacted on behalf of two families that have been displaced, totaling four adults and one child. 

1:28 a.m.: Crews are still on scene extingushing the fire externally and have begun to gain control. Several hot spots in the area of the roof continue to be reported.

1:14 a.m.: According to Rhode Island Statewide scanner feed, all responders are out of the building. CCFD Tower 3 has been stationed in front of the home for water.

12:42 a.m.: Shorty before 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, Central Coventry fire crews responded to 50 Wood Cove Dr. for a reported dwelling fire.

Upon arrival, CCFD Engine 4 crew reported wires down in the driveway and attempted to begin extinguishing the blaze before requesting assistance from Hopkins Hill FD at 12:37 a.m. Approximately 20 minutes later, firefighters were ordered out of the building due to deteriorating conditions. 

According to scanner feeds, all occupants of the residence had escaped and were accounted for as of 12:45 a.m.

Stay with Coventry Patch for more details as they become available.

CoventryForward13 February 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Mad Hatter - you are obviously a very uneducated man, and a very ignorant one at that. My point was (which was completely over your head), that thank God everyone was ok and that if all the firefighters in CCFD were laid off and we had a shutdown of that department, the outcome may not have been the same. This is not the proper post to talk about all the issues with CCFD right now...
rjle February 20, 2013 at 03:22 PM
If anyone did see it I sure hope it,s not anybody here from this area flying it.
mad hatter February 20, 2013 at 05:48 PM
"This is not the proper post to talk about all the issues with CCFD right now..." exactly. that is why you are inappropriate and a dumbass.
eye in the sky February 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Yea right , where were you a firefighter??
vazdominick@yahoo.com February 26, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Hello my name is Dominick Vaz and I lived in that house with my girl friend and 17 month old son devyn we are trying to raise funds so we can get back on our feet no one in the house had insurance so we lost every thing we created a website to collect donations the site is givefoward.com/housefirerecovery there is a facebook link to post it on your page if you have on thank you to all the fire fighters that help


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