UPDATE: Eight Evacuated in Kay Street Fire
A fire broke out at 21 Kay St. around 10:42 p.m. Sunday night.
The smell of burnt wood and smoke still hangs in the air this morning at 21 Kay Street, where a fire broke out Sunday night, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage, fire officials say.
A release from the fire department said firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 10:42 p.m. on Sunday night. Newport Police were dispatched to the fire at 4:05 a.m.
According to Fire Marshal Wayne Clark, there were six units in the house, not five as previously stated in police reports. Five were occupied at the time of the fire and one was under renovation.
Firefighters battled the flames for several hours before extinguishing the fire, but took about two under to get under control, Clark said.
“We were still chasing hot spots until about 3:30 a.m.,” he said.
The origin of the fire is still under investigation.
Mansard roofing was a complicating factor in controlling the fire, Clark added, due to the two-foot open space between the wall and exterior area that the fire traveled through.
The roof structure allowed the fire to travel around between the wall space.
Heather M. Bailey, 40, of 21 Kay St., said she noticed flames outside of the third floor window overlooking the porch before notifying the fire department, police reports said.
American Red Cross also arrived on the scene to make arrangements for an unknown number of displaced residents who were not able to stay with friends or family.
Anthony Scivetti, the building owner, does not live in the residence.
This story was updated at 11:05 a.m.
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