Apartment fire in Lincoln displaces 12 families at the start of the new year

LINCOLN R.I (WLNE) – Minutes after the ball dropped on the New Year, a fire broke out at a Lincoln apartment complex.

Kayle LaFlamme says she just moved in there weeks ago. Now, she’s starting 2021 with nothing.

“What a way to start the New Year,” LaFlamme said. “I hope it gets better from here.”

LaFlamme lives on the third floor of Eagle Phase Apartments in Lincoln. She says she was working on New Years Eve when she got a phone call that the apartment was on fire.

“When I got over here, I saw that the fire department was still trying to put out the fire and there were still flames in the roof,” LaFlamme said.

Video captured by a neighbor shows the chaotic moments residents fled the building. In it, you can hear someone scream, “there’s a guy on the third floor.”

Lincoln Fire Chief Richard Andrews says firefighters rescued that man who escaped with no injuries.

“One person was trapped on the third floor,” Fire Chief Andrews said. “They took him off by a ladder, he wasn’t injured. He was checked out by the rescue and was alright.”

The Fire Chief says the call for the fire came in just after midnight. According to several residents, that’s when fireworks started to go off. One person on the third floor tells ABC 6 News he heard a loud boom and then the building went up in flames.

Fire Chief Andrews says the cause is still under investigation.

However it started, it took everything from six of the 12 units. LaFlamme says she not only lost all her belongings, but also her two cats.

“They got all of them except for my two,” LaFlamme said. “My two are still up there or somewhere. They mean a lot to me. I’ve had Sammy which is the white and orange cat since 2015. He’s my everything, I couldn’t live without him.”

All 12 families are being taken care of by American Red Cross. The State Fire Marshal was also called to the scene. The agency will look into the cause of the fire.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2021

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