Large fire breaks out at Narragansett home

Firefighters from several communities are trying to control a large fire at a home along Ocean Road in Narragansett Monday night.

The fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at 252 Ocean Road.

According to tax records the home is owned by the Skeffington family.

The name may be familiar, as the late Jim Skeffington, who died last year briefly owned the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Fire officials described the house as a two story structure with dimensions of 80 x 60.

Fire departments from Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown went immediately to defensive operations fighting the fire.

The strong winds from Hermine were making it difficult to fight the fire.

The town fire marshal says a woman was home earlier in the day and had left for the day Monday afternoon planning to return Tuesday.

She came back a little before 10 p.m. Monday and was talking to firefighters and neighbors and a man neighbors identified as a caretaker who first noticed the fire.

No word yet on how the fire started.

With the wind, there was some concern about the fire spreading to other homes.

That has not happened.

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Home security company helping domestic violence victims

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is teaming up with a home security company to help victims of domestic violence feel safer.

The advocacy group has partnered with Warwick-based Alliance Security to offer a free year of home security service to victims moving from a safe home into transitional housing.

“What we found is that clients don’t always feel safe in their home,” said Linda Impagliazzo, Executive Director of Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center In Pawtucket.

The security system goes into the transitional unit where victims live before they move completely on their own.

“It’s something that we’re very proud of.  We feel like it is something that is necessary. It’s something that’s gone way too long without being noticed. I know it’s in the news these days but we want to do whatever we can to help,” said Jay Gotra, CEO, Alliance Security.

The first security system was installed two months ago and several have been installed since.

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Fire engulfs boat in waters off Hog Island in Portsmouth

Firefighters aboard three boats extinguished flames that engulfed a boat in waters off Hog Island in Portsmouth Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

The boat fire was reported to the Coast Guard at about 3 p.m., according to a news release. A 45-foot response boat, says the release, arrived at the scene at 3:30 p.m., establishing a perimeter as fire boats from the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force handled the blaze.

No injuries were reported and local officials later verified that no one was aboard the vessel at the time of the fire, says the release.

The Coast Guard continues to inspect the scene for potential pollution and to ensure the safety of nearby mariners, says the release, which provides no information about what might have caused the fire.

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