March 20,2016 @ 01:42. Ladder 2, Chief 8, and Chief 9 responded to 25 Village Square Drive in the South County Commons, Spa Mosaic, for a 2nd alarm structure fire. Union Fire Department units on scene had a car vs building with fire extending from the car into the attic space. L2 responded with 5 members, and forced entry into the rear of the building before operations went defensive. L2 then set up and operated the master stream before commencing interior and exterior overhaul. Ladder 2 cleared the scene at 04:45. While L2 was on scene Engine 8 handled an odor of something burning in a residence.

WPRI 12 report: https://www.wpri.com/news/dui-crash-sparked-early-morning-fire-in-south-kingstown/

 

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — An early morning fire Sunday gutted a spa in South Kingstown.

Firefighters from several surrounding communities were called in to battle the flames as they ripped through Spa Mosaic on Valley Square Drive.

The building was destroyed by the flames; the roof collapsed and the walls were charred.

The owner of the spa, Suzanne Reed, said the business was her dream and life’s work. Reed was surrounded by her employees Sunday as she spoke to Eyewitness News about the fire. All 28 of her employees are now without a paycheck. “Staff that is here every day, every single day,” she said of her workers. “They’re always here for me and they’re here for each other and this is just proof of it.”

First responders said they were originally called in for a building fire but when they arrived they found a burned up SUV up against the structure. “Upon arrival, there was a vehicle burning. The building was also involved which quickly spread to the remaining portions of the building,” said Steve Pinch, acting chief of the Union Fire District of South Kingstown.

According to the South Kingstown Police Department, the driver of the SUV crashed into the building and caused the fire. Pinch said the fire got into the attic space of the building and the wind conditions helped the fire spread quickly.

Officials said the building did not have a fire suppression system, but Pinch said he doubts it would have made a difference anyway. Police said the driver, Richard Owens, was at the scene when authorities arrived. He is being charged with DUI, first offense. Owens, of West Warwick, was released on $10,00 personal recognizance bail, according to police, and is due back in court later this month. No injuries were reported and officials said the rest of the building will now need to be torn down. Police estimate the damage totals more than $1 million.