Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Westport, Dartmouth, Firefighters battle massive morning blaze, several animals perish


“Westport Fire and surrounding communities responded to a barn fire on Sodom Road this morning shortly after 0700.

Car 1 and Engine 3 arrived within 5 minutes of notification and found heavy smoke and fire rapidly spreading throughout the loft area of the entire structure. There were multiple exposures surrounding the barn, including the family home. Challenged by a lack of initial staffing and water supply, firefighters worked quickly to protect exposures, and thankfully, the fire was contained in the building of origin.

Mutual aid tankers and engines from Little Compton, Tiverton, and Dartmouth Fire District 3 were quickly called to the scene to assist with water supply and staffing. A fill site was secured at the Adamsville pond, and tankers shuttled water back and forth from the fill site to the fire scene.

Westport Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves was in the area and spotted smoke coming from the structure; after calling 911, he notified the property owners, and together, they attempted to remove the livestock in the barn. While several animals were saved by the property owners and firefighters, several, unfortunately, perished in the blaze.

During the incident, Dartmouth Fire District 2 handled a CO alarm on Caroline Way. While department members placed apparatus and equipment back in service, we handled five medical calls between 0930 and 1130.

We thank our mutual aid partners, our EMA/Rehab division, Fall River Special Services, the Westport Police, and E911 dispatchers for their assistance.

Photos courtesy of our department photographer, retired Captain Michael Silvia.”-Westport Fire Department.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

About Joe Silvia

When Joe isn't writing, he's coaching people to punch each other in the face. He enjoys ancient cultures, dead and living languages, cooking, benching 999#s, and saving the elderly, babies and puppies from burning buildings. While he enjoys long walks on the beach, he will not be your alarm clock, because he's no ding-a-ling.

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One comment

  1. Multiple Incidents like these and the ones in Lakeville are only going to increase, with the increases in demographics. A Bristol County Fire/Rescue Force will eliminate the urgency in mutual aid calls and increase the protections for the public it serves, along with saving a lot of budget money!

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