Smoke detectors credited with saving lives on Wendell Road in Warwick

  • The Warwick Fire Station on Route 78. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 7/29/2022 7:28:36 PM
Modified: 7/29/2022 7:25:33 PM

WARWICK — Smoke detectors are being credited with saving lives on Wendell Road after they awoke homeowners at roughly 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, alerting them to a fire crawling up the side of their garage with a person trapped inside due to heavy smoke.

According to the Warwick Fire Department’s Facebook page, the homeowners extinguished the majority of the fire and helped the person trapped in the garage. The dispatch center received the call and immediately struck a first alarm, sending mutual aid that was ultimately canceled prior to arrival. Engine 1 responded immediately with five firefighters and Northfield EMS evaluated one person for smoke inhalation.

“It could have been a lot worse if they didn’t have smoke detectors,” Fire Chief Joe Larson said on Friday.

The chief said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, though it might be related to a generator.

Larson said this was the second time this year people in Warwick were saved by smoke detectors.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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