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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Fournier Estates, apartment complex on High Street was deemed uninhabitable after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon and displaced four families.
At 1:38 p.m., Sunday, units from the Union Fire District, the Emergency Medical Services and police responded to the fire on 480 High Street, where flames engulfed Apartment A2 and damaged Apartments A1, A3 and A4. The fire was extinguished by 1:55 p.m.. Union Fire District Chief Robert Perry said between 45 to 50 firefighters from all of the fire units, including Peace Dale, Wakefield, Forestry and West Kingston responded with the state fire marshall arriving too.
Perry said apartment A2 had extensive fire damage inside and at the rear. While the other A block apartments had minimal fire damage, they did have heavy smoke damage. He said the firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 15 to 20 minutes.
All occupants were able to flee from the fire throughout all the A block apartments. The state Fire Marshall arrived at 2:33 p.m., and he immediately deemed the fire suspicious.
The resident of Apartment A2, Micha Silva, 27 said she had been grocery shopping earlier Sunday and was putting the groceries away and preparing her two childrenâ€™s lunch when the fire started. According to the police report, Silva said the two children had gone into the living room to play and they returned moments later to the kitchen to tell her the closet was hot. Silva then discovered the closet was on fire and attempted to put out the fire with buckets of water. Silva stated that the fire was out of control and she pulled the fire alarm.
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