An overnight fire has left an 8,500 sq. ft. home on Potter Road destroyed. At around 1 a.m. last night, the North Kingstown Fire Department arrived at 229 Potter Road to find half of the house totally involved and engulfed in flames.
According to Channel 10 (WJAR-TV), nine nearby communities sent crews to help NKFD fight the fire – including Narragansett, Exeter, East Greenwich and Jamestown. (Click here to see Channel 10's video of the fire.)
At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. According to reports, the home was vacant.
Recent records show the home belonged to Gary Anusavice, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of Medicaid fraud. Federal agents arrested Anusavice at the home back in May of this year in connection with a $20 million Medicaid fraud case in Connecticut. During the arrest, North Kingstown police officers and federal agents allegedly found marijuana throughout Anusavice's residence.
It is unclear if Anusavice still lives at 229 Potter Road. In previous North Kingstown Police Department reports, Anusavice's sons were living in the residence while their father was in custody. In October, Anusavice was arrested on the marijuana possession charges from the NKPD. In those reports, he listed an address in Warren.
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