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A head-on collision, a fire in the loft of a business and a car driving into a mobile home were just some of the calls the department field over Saturday and Sunday.

MIDDLETOWN — Between two major motor vehicle crashes and a fire, it was a busy weekend for the Middletown Fire Department.

Middletown Fire Capt. Tom Welch said five people were transported to Rhode Island and Newport hospitals after a two-car, head-on collision on Coddington Highway on Saturday on around 3:30 p.m.

“[We] don’t know the cause, that is being handled by [Middletown and Newport police],” Middletown Fire Chief Robert McCall said in an email on Sunday. “We had 4 patients from one vehicle and 1 patient from another. All had serious injuries as of yesterday. Not sure if any have been upgraded or downgraded.”

The Middletown Fire Department dispatched an engine vehicle and two rescue wagons. The Newport Fire Department dispatched an engine vehicle, two rescue wagons and a ladder truck. The Navy dispatched a rescue wagon.

The Portsmouth Fire Department dispatched an engine vehicle and a rescue wagon to assist on another EMS call in Middletown while the two-vehicle crash was handled.

On Saturday night, the Middletown Fire Department responded to 210 Old Airport Road for a fire. McCall said that location is the Kirby Perkins Construction office and wood shop. No injuries were reported.

“The office area and one shop are fine, the fire was contained to the loft above another work shop … the building should be able to be used with the exception of the wood shop area,” McCall said.

The department was alerted to the fire via an automated alarm, Welch said. Another alarm alerted firefighters to the activation of the building’s sprinkler system.

“Our apparatus arrived to find nothing showing from the exterior of the building,” Welch said. When firefighters gained access inside, they encountered flames in the second-floor loft, inside a wood working shop. The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes, he said.

“The fire was contained to the area of origin,” Welch added. “The surrounding area did sustain some smoke and water damage …all of the fire crews were cleared by 2:30 a.m.”

Welch said two engine vehicles and a ladder truck responded to the scene. A Newport engine vehicle, a Navy ladder truck and a Portsmouth engine vehicle also responded. A Tiverton engine vehicle covered Middletown, Welch said. The state fire marshal cleared the scene at 4 a.m. and deemed the fire accidental, he said.

Then on Sunday around 11:15 a.m., the Fire Department responded to 88 Seascape Avenue for a reported natural gas leak.

Welch said a small SUV struck a mobile home. “No one was seriously hurt,” he said. “The passengers of the car did get checked out by the rescue,” but there were no hospital transports and no one was in the mobile home at the time of the crash, he said. He did not have information as to the cause of the crash.

Welch said Middletown’s engine vehicle and ladder truck responded to the crash and personnel were able to shut the gas off to the mobile home.

When the SUV struck the mobile home, it moved it about two feet and knocked the home off of its supports, Welch said. The structure was pushed into a home heating oil tank in the back of the property, he said.

National Grid and the Middletown building inspector responded to the mobile home, Welch added.

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