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"Devastating" Fire Destorys Warwick, R.I., Condo Complex Building

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    A massive fire engulfed and destroyed a large condo complex building in Warwick, Rhode Island, Wednesday morning (Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015)

    A massive fire engulfed and destroyed a large condo complex building in Rhode Island Wednesday morning.

    Warwick fire officials say the blaze was  at Westgate Condos' Building C at 754 Quaker Lane. Smoke was still billowing from the remains of the condo building hours after the fire was knocked down.

    "It happened fast. It was a quick fire, and it's just devastating to all of us. I've lost everything. Everything is gone," resident Rhonda Wright said with tears in her eyes.

    Residents say the fire started around 10 a.m., quickly spreading through the building, which reportedly had just under 40 units.

    "It was pretty bad. I've never seen anything like that, never been involved in anything like that," Nancy Kasper said

    She told necn she heard the fire alarm and got out of the burning building with her dogs, her purse and the clothes on her back.

    "It's kind of devastating, you know? I hope we can do in and maybe see what we can salvage," she said.

    "We'll replace everything, but it's just initially, it's devastating to know you lost everything," Wright added.

    It's unclear how many local fire departments assisted with mutual aid. A section of Route 2 had to be shut down as crews assisted with water supply issues and tanker trucks had to brought in from a number of surrounding communities.

    There's no word on injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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