Barrington firefighters extinguished a basement fire at a home at 26 Salisbury Road with the use of a thermal imaging camera on Thursday evening, Sept. 5.
No one was injured, but a cat died in the blaze at the home in the Haines Memorial State Park neighborhood in northern Barrington.
The call came in just after 6 pm, said Barrington Fire Lt. Jason Fanion.
“The homeowner arrived home, opened the front door and found thick black smoke inside the residence and called 911,” Fanion said. “We arrived on scene, made entry into the house and had a significant smoke condition inside the residence."
“We proceeded to the basement area and encountered moderate heat and zero visibility,” Fanion said. “With the use of a TIC (Thermal Imaging Camera), we were able to find the seat of the fire and extinguished it with a single attack line.”
Fanion said the fire burned through the floor joists and caused significant damage to the first and second floors from heat and smoke.
“Unfortunately,” he said, “the family’s cat perished in the fire.”
Barrington fire investigators and the State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the blaze.
East Providence firefighters provided backup at the fire station with the mutual aid agreement in place between the two fire departments Fanion said.