Update: House Fire Displaces 3; Leaves 2 Pets Dead

The blaze was extinguished quickly, but caused extensive damage.


Update: Apr. 23 - 2:12 p.m: Officials have ruled the cause of Friday's house fire to be improperly disposed of ashes or remains of an incense stick.

"It seems that someone threw the ashes in a garbage can and walked away," said Lt. John Shields.

Apr. 20 - 6:13 p.m.: At 2:21 p.m. on Friday, Central Coventry Fire crews responded to multiple calls of a house fire at 29 Lemis St.

No one was in the home at the time, but several neighborhood teens were riding bikes outside when they saw the flames coming from inside.

CCFD Chief Bob Seltzer explained that firefighters had the situation under control in about 10-15 minutes, however he believes the fire had been burning inside for some time before the calls came in. The home sustained heavy fire at the rear windows and door as well as in the attic and hallway. Heat and smoke damage were noted throughout the residence, also.

Two adults and one teenager were displaced and are currently being assisted by the Red Cross with temporary housing, food and personal care items. There were no reported injuries, however two cats were killed in the fire.

Fire Marshal Dave Godin collected statements from witnesses at the scene and was still investigating the fire's cause Friday night.

Donna Morphew April 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Unfortunately, I live next door and saw it all. So sad.
Donna Morphew April 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM
I saw what you are saying Neva, and agree.
Alexiss Lynn April 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
i live across the street from them and yes , i saw the whole thing . it IS a shame and i was very dissapointed in the parents , because they cared more about the cats - as Neva said , in my opinion , family comes first , forever and always . but i wish that family the best of luck <3
stephanie April 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM
That's my moms house and that was my brother and the reason they didn't seem to "care" about him was because he was the cause of the fire! Why don't you get your facts straight before you start judging peoples parenting. If you knew the story you would understand.
stephanie April 22, 2012 at 03:47 PM
He is a minor so he can't be charged and he didn't intenionally set the house on fire so he isn't going to be charged with animal cruelty or anything like that. And yes, family should come first. But you have NO idea what my mom has had to go through with him. So don't you dare judge her parenting. So what if she walked by him like he wasn't there? You don't know what she said to him when you weren't looking. Why don't you just butt out and take care of your own family. I have a daughter of my own and if I went through what she went through with him and then she did that to me, I would most definetely act in a similar manner and don't say you wouldn't because you've never been put in the position. Some great neighbors she has, talking crap about how she parents on some stupid news site. Real nice guys.
Tuppy 2009 April 23, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The cats are very much part of the family!!!!!
Tuppy 2009 April 23, 2012 at 02:09 AM
The cats were very much loved and part of the family.
Tuppy 2009 April 23, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Seriously I dont think youre hearing it the cats were part of their family and they suffered that loss.
Tuppy 2009 April 23, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Yes I agree and I'm sorry for the loss of your pets.
stephanie April 23, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Thank you. It is very tough for them to not only have lost their house and everything inside but also to have to bury their cats. Glad someone has half a brain to understand the emotional trauma she went through and to not judge her parenting.
Tuppy 2009 April 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I have 3 cats,all siblings,and i would be devastated if I lost them.The neighbors sound cold hearted , instead of providing comfort they are being judgmental and slanderous.Pray for them.
Tuppy 2009 April 23, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Your welcome,and I will have you all in my prayers.
Lauren Costa (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Readers - Several initial comments have been removed as they are not pertinent to the article. The family has been displaced and lost their beloved pets, so I do not feel the added argument on this thread is useful. Thank you!
Neva Betancourt April 23, 2012 at 08:57 PM
ok i understand mornin of the cats i am an animal person myself but my sons come first i have dogs n cats n my boys put me thru tuns of crap n idc the neighbors r not cold hearted it is a very good neiborhood thats who actually was there for him ur brother n id see how animal cruelty would be mentioned it was an accident not intentional n reallyhe as i would guess feels the lose of the kittys
Donna Morphew April 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I feel very sorry for my neighbor who I did not know too much about. I have lived next door at 27 Lemis for about 14 years. That day when the fire started , was so sad. I watched as the fireman tried to reach the fire with the hose, and him yelling at the rookie fireman to help him out. They did everything they could. The fire was put out quickly. I am so sorry for your loss. Oh, and the cats. I am a cat lover and have 2 of my own. To have the house burn and have that happen to your pets has got to be one of the hardest thing to cope with. God bless this family and provide them with the support they need to get through this. My love to them.
MC April 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I am not one to get involved in these threads but I have a few things to say. This was a terrible loss and anyone that knows the family's that were affected by this fire knows exactly what was lost in this fire. No individuals were hurt in this fire, once everyone realizes that and says a quick "thank you" to God, it is then time to address the issue, the issue here is that a house caught on fire. If there is belief that an individual is responsible for it, you don't just look at them and say "its ok" and move on. You read them the riot act, you let them know that what they did was unacceptable and will NEVER happen again. Did these parents hit and abuse their kids? As the home owner of the property, I have known the "step father" my entire life, in fact I refer to him as "uncle" when I speak to him, I can tell you the answer is NO. I live 3000 miles away, and when I would call and talk to them they spoke wonderfully about their neighbors on this street, they ALWAYS had wonderful things to say about all of you whether they knew and spoke to you everyday or they just waved as they drove by, I have never heard one ill thing come out of their mouth about their neighbors. This is a terrible time, I strongly urge you to do as our parents taught us and what people did on this street 50 years ago when my family moved onto the property and go over and say "I am sorry, and if we can help you in anyway let us know" and please stop chastising them.
Donna Morphew April 24, 2012 at 09:38 PM
stephanie, I left a message for you. Please check
stephanie April 25, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I can't check it because the email I used to sign up isn't one I currently use. You can email me on my personal email though at stephanielizabeth16@tmo.blackberry.net if you'd like. And @MC thank you for that. Neither the "step dad" or my mother would EVER hit him and I appreciate your comment defending them further.


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