UPDATE: Crews Respond to Western Coventry Brush Fire

Mutual aid was called to assist Western and Central Coventry departments in the blaze that damaged six acres.


Update: (Apr. 20 - 1:19 p.m.): Chief Donald Hall and a group of firefighters returned to the scene Friday morning for three hours, where they surveyed the damage and checked for hot spots. An estimated six acres of land were damaged, some of which belongs to the Rhode Island Audubon Society's Parker Woodland.

Hall explained that Scituate Fire Department had initially received the call for a smoke investigation around 6 p.m., but could not find the source. Western Coventry was then contacted and fought the blaze with mutual aid until about midnight.

"We have no idea at all what started it, but I don't think it was spontaneous," he said. "I believe that somebody had to set it and we know there have been ATVs and dirtbikes in the area."

Like , dry and windy conditions helped play a factor in the strength of the fire.

"It was so far in the woods and the dry weather and winds blowing it towards Scituate were definitely a problem," said Hall.

Despite the size of the fire, no injuries were reported.

"Thankfully there were no injuries," Hall went on to say. "No injuries but a lot of tired firefighters."

Apr. 19 - 9:43 p.m.: At approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, crews from Central Coventry, Western Coventry, Moosup, Foster and Scituate responded to a call for a brush fire approximately two and a half miles in the woods off of Maple Valley Rd., nearing the Coventry/Foster/Scituate line.

Providence Canteen is also on scene.

According to a Western Coventry Fire employee, roughly six acres have been affected.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown as crews continue to work to extinguish the blaze.

Check back with Coventry Patch for more details as they become available.


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