16 displaced after fire at multi-family home in Central Falls

Dec. 26 Central Falls house fire. (WLNE)

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) — Five families have been displaced after a fire at a home on Cowden Street in Central Falls Monday.

One of those tenants was Carmen Rodriguez.

As the fire comes a day after Christmas,  Rodriguez said the most wonderful time of year turned tragic in a matter of hours.

“My Christmas was very good I spent it with my family but today is a very bad day for me because my house is on fire,” Rodriguez said.

While the cause has yet to be determined, Rodriguez said the fire started in a 3rd floor unit above her apartment.

Rodriguez said this is the same unit that has had a leaking heater.

She said its an issue that’s been brought to the landlords attention but hasn’t been fixed.

“I smell gas every time, he called the company to check it out but the company says your landlord should repair that but he’s never done it,” Rodriguez said.

Central Falls Fire Chief Scott Mello said the heating system will be part of the investigation in determining the cause.

“They could’ve been old and in need of repair but we will have people investigating,” Chief Mello said.

According to Mello, the fire started at at the multi-family home around 12:30 p.m.

He said when firefighters arrived heavy smoke was coming from the third floor and crews determined the fire likely started in the area of a stove.

Crews were able to put out the blaze and no injuries were reported, according to Mello.

The chief said Red Cross has been called in to help assist 16 people who have been displaced and the state fire marshal is investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

According to Red Cross, the affected families have been provided comfort kits and will be in contact with caseworkers to create a longer-term recovery plan.


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