By: News Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Eight people, mainly college students, were sent out into the cold Tuesday night after a house fire in Providence.

The house boarded up after flames broke out around 11 p.m. Tuesday night on Waterman Street.

Police believe the fire was caused from a cigarette.

Officers found a make shift ashtray, and one student said he was smoking before taking a shower.

Police tell ABC6 News that three Brown University students and one University of Rhode Island student were among those living there.

The students are being assisted by the university.

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