Fire breaks out at $3.1M Rhode Island oceanfront property

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) " Firefighters have battled a blaze at a multi-million dollar Rhode Island oceanfront estate owned by the family of the co-owner of a minor league baseball team.

Crews were dispatched to the five-bedroom, five-bathroom Narragansett house after a fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The home is owned by the family of late Pawtucket Red Sox co-owner James Skeffington.

No one was inside at the time. A caretaker on the grounds first noticed the blaze.

Fire officials say strong winds from Hermine coupled with "water problems" made it difficult for firefighters to control the flames.

The two-story home and surrounding two-acre property is valued at $3.1 million.

Skeffington briefly owned the PawSox before his sudden death in May 2015. The team is the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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