Officials: House in Warwick destroyed in fire

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WARWICK -

Officials say a house went up in flames in Warwick Saturday.

Fire officials say when crews arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames but everyone inside was able to make it out.

Mutual aid was called to the scene. Officials say it was a very fast, wind-driven fire and the house was a total loss.

The Penning family says they were sitting outside by the pool when they saw smoke over their home.

"My daughter and I got up and ran to the front of the house because the smoke didn't clear for a few seconds and the corner of the house was on fire," said Nancy Pennings.

 

Volunteers with the Warwick Fire Department were helped by seven area fire departments to contain the fire. 

Chief Michael Contaxis of the Warwick Fire Department says it took 50 firefighters to put out the fire. 

"It was really tough to fight," Contaxis said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. The page says the family lost their cars and home, but luckily they and their pets are OK.

Fire officials have not confirmed the cause of the fire, but believe it may have been electrical.

 

 

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