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House fire leaves three displaced

April 20, 2012

Lauren Knight. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY — Three people were left displaced after a fire took down an entire backroom of a house on Lemis Street.

Central Coventry responded to 29 Lemis St. at around 2 p.m. from numerous 911 calls from neighbors, passers-by and children playing outside, according to Central Coventry Fire Chief Robert Seltzer.

Upon arrival, heavy fire and smoke was pouring out the windows of one of the backrooms in the house. The fire was fully involved in that room and was beginning to move into the attic and other rooms of the house.

The fire was knocked down within roughly 10 minutes after arrival, according to Seltzer. The house sustained significant smoke and heat damage to the entire building was “not totally destroyed.”

The house had been occupied by two adults and a teenager. There were no injuries but the three victims have been left displaced. Red Cross was at the scene and will provide temporary housing for them, Seltzer stated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Coventry Fire Marshal David Godin responded to the scene and stated that the department is continuing to take statements from the victims and firefighters first on scene.


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