RICHMOND — Early notification and a fast response helped to minimize damage caused by a house fire Wednesday along Nooseneck Hill Road, Route 3.
Hope Valley firefighters were called to the Cape Cod-style home at 329 Nooseneck Hill Road at 11:53 a.m. after a motorist reported seeing smoke and possible flames. The first firefighters to arrive worked to contain the blaze to one room on the back side of the house.
The Hope Valley department was assisted by members of the Ashaway, Charlestown and Richmond-Carolina fire departments, as well as Hope Valley Ambulance.
Hope Valley Fire Chief Justin Lee said that the firefighters “did a great job of coordinating response and making a stop before the fire spread. There is some smoke damage to parts of the home, but the fire itself only caused damage to a single room.”
The fire was knocked down by 12:15 p.m. No one was home at the time and no one was injured, officials said.
Lee said it was fortunate that the fire was called in so promptly. The house is not easily seen from the main road, but the motorist was traveling along Tefft Hill Road and was able to see the fire at the rear of the structure.
According to Richmond property records, the three-bedroom home was purchased by Evelyn M. Aiello in 2006, and is valued at $127,256.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and a representative of the Rhode Island Division of the State Fire Marshal was on the scene as of 3 p.m. Officials said a preliminary investigation suggested that the cause was likely accidental.