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Watch Hill, Misqaumicut and Westerly fire departments respond to a box alarm at the Ocean House on Friday morning after smoke was reported in the hallways and seen coming from a room. The hotel's guests and staff were evacuated. Watch Hill Fire Department Chief Robert Peacock credited the Ocean House staff members who used their training in emergency situations to extinguish what was a small fire in a planter on an outside deck of Room 2-7. Peacock said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it was believed to be accidental. He said there was a small amount of damage to the area. The fire was out by 8:50 a.m. | ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )
Guests stand outside the Ocean house while Watch Hill, Misqaumicutt and one truck from Westerly fire departments respond to a box alarm at The Ocean House on Friday morning when smoke was reported in the hallways and seen coming from a room. The guests and staff were evacuated because smoke was coming from a planter in a room. There were no injuries reported. | ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Guests stand outside the Ocean house while Watch Hill, Misqaumicutt and one truck from Westerly fire departments respond to a box alarm at The Ocean House on Friday morning when smoke was reported in the hallways and seen coming from a room. The guests and staff were evacuated because smoke was coming from a planter in a room. There were no injuries reported. | ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Watch Hill, Misqaumicutt and one truck from Westerly fire departments respond to a box alarm at The Ocean House on Friday morning after smoke was reported in the hallways and seen coming from a room. The guests and staff were evacuated after smoke was coming from a planter in a room. There were no injuries reported. | ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Guests reenter the Ocean house after Watch Hill, Misqaumicutt and one truck from Westerly fire departments respond to a box alarm at The Ocean House on Friday morning when smoke was reported in the hallways and seen coming from a room. The guests and staff were evacuated because smoke was coming from a planter in a room. There were no injuries reported. | ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Watch Hill, Misqaumicutt and one truck from Westerly fire departments respond to a box alarm at The Ocean House on Friday morning after smoke was reported in the hallways and seen coming from a room. The guests and staff were evacuated after smoke was coming from a planter in a room. There were no injuries reported. | ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )

Ocean House fire quickly extinguished


Watch Hill Fire Department Chief Robert Peacock is giving a good deal of credit to the Ocean House staff members who this morning used their training in emergency situations to extinguish a small fire in a planter on an outside deck.

Peacock said by the time firefighters arrived on the scene at 8:33 a.m., the fire was out, he said.

He explained the plant area was between two 4-foot walls and it was there that the fire began outside of Room 2-7. The hotel was evacuated. Misquamicut and Westerly fire departments were on the scene providing mutual aid to Watch Hill.

Peacock said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believed to be accidental. He said there was a small amount of damage to the area.

The fire was out by 8:50 a.m.

--A.J.ALGIER



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