Recent Incidents

Swansea Department Extinguishes Fire at Swansea High School

Swansea Department Extinguishes Fire at Swansea High School

SWANSEA — Chief Eric Hajder reports that the Swansea Fire Department extinguished a fire at the Joseph Case High School on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, June 6, at 2:55 p.m., the Swansea Fire Department received an automated box alarm indicating smoke inside the Joseph Case High School.

The first companies to arrive at the scene found a smoke condition in and around the ceiling of a first floor hallway, and soon discovered a fire burning in a storage room off of that hallway.

Students had already been dismissed for the day so there were no students in the building.

Companies stretched several hoselines into the first floor hallway and were able to contain the fire to the storage room where it started. There were no reported injuries.

The school suffered fire damage in the storeroom and smoke damage throughout the first floor hallway. School will be closed on Friday so damage can be cleaned up.

Firefighters from Warren, R.I., and Rehoboth covered Swansea fire stations while companies battled the fire.

The cause remains under investigation by the Swansea Fire Department and the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit attached to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, but it preliminarily appears to be accidental.

“Companies did a great job stretching multiple handlines into the building, finding the seat of the fire, and containing the fire to a single storeroom,” said Chief Hajder. “This fire could have been much worse without the quick action of the companies that responded.”

Swansea Fire, Police Departments Investigate Crash on Swansea Mall Drive

Swansea Fire, Police Departments Investigate Crash on Swansea Mall Drive

SWANSEA — Fire Chief Eric Hajder and Police Chief Marc Haslam report that Swansea police officers and firefighters responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash Thursday night on Swansea Mall Drive.

On Thursday, Jan. 18, at about 7:54 p.m., crews were dispatched to the scene of a crash near 147 Swansea Mall Drive (Route 118).

According to a preliminary investigation, one vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Swansea Mall Drive and then struck another vehicle head-on. The drivers of the vehicles were a 20-year-old male and a 53-year-old male, both from Swansea. There were no passengers.

Upon arriving, first responders discovered both parties still in their vehicles. One vehicle was on fire; police officers extricated that driver. Swansea firefighters extricated the driver of the other vehicle using hydraulic tools.

Both drivers were taken to a local hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

The 53-year-old male was taken into custody for suspected Operating Under the Influence of Liquor. His name is not being released at this time.

The crash remains under investigation.

Swansea Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire Friday Afternoon

Swansea Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire Friday Afternoon

SWANSEA — Chief Eric Hajder reports that the Swansea Fire Department extinguished a fire at a home on the corner of Bark St. and Houlton St. on Friday afternoon.

On Friday, May 26, at 3:48 p.m. Swansea Fire received multiple calls reporting a structure fire at 9 Houlton St.

Swansea Fire Department Car 2 reported heavy smoke visible en route to the scene. Car 1 arrived first on the scene and reported heavy fire conditions in the raised ranch-style home.

All occupants of the home were out of the building by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. Occupants were evacuated by neighbors, as they were initially unaware of the fire. The fire was burning up an exterior wall and into a ceiling space.

Crews made an aggressive interior attack with multiple hand lines until conditions forced the evacuation of the structure.

Firefighters remained on the scene performing extensive overhaul and the scene was cleared just prior to 8 p.m.

Four Swansea engines, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 responded to the scene.  An additional engine from the Somerset Fire Department was brought to the scene and Swansea Ambulance Corps responded to standby. The Rehoboth Fire Department and Warren Fire Department provided station coverage during the incident.

The home is uninhabitable as a result of the fire, and the damage is estimated to be approximately $250,000. Seven residents and several pets were displaced. There were no injuries reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents.

The origin and cause of the fire were jointly investigated by the Swansea Fire Department and State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and determined to be accidental and started with an electrical appliance in the home’s basement bathroom.

Chief Hajder would like to thank Swansea firefighters as well as the mutual aid partners that assisted in this incident.

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Swansea Police and Fire Departments Respond to Pedestrian Struck by Car

Swansea Police and Fire Departments Respond to Pedestrian Struck by Car

SWANSEA — Police Chief Marc Haslam and Chief Eric Hajder report that the Swansea Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a pedestrian stuck by a car.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, at about 7:50 p.m., Swansea Police and Fire received a report that a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle on Route 6 at Route 195.

Responding officers and firefighters discovered a 33-year-old man who was suffering from serious injuries, and provided immediate medical aid. The man was transported by Swansea EMS ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The incident is being investigated by Swansea Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

No additional information is available at this time.

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