Update: Warwick apartment fire ruled accidental

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UPDATE: Fire officials tell ABC6 news that the fire has been ruled accidental. Investigators believe it was electrical in nature, and began with an outlet located on the exterior ground level. 48 families were displaced. They are being helped by the Red Cross.

By News Staff

By The Associated Press


WARWICK, R.I. (AP) _ Authorities say a multi-alarm apartment fire in Warwick sent two people including a firefighter to a hospital.             

The blaze broke out at 2:20 a.m. at the Four Seasons South apartment complex.         

Battalion Chief David Morse says the injured firefighter was sent to the hospital for a checkup after the ceiling collapsed on him but was released early morning.

Morse says the firefighter told colleagues he was holding the ceiling up so everyone else could get out.       

The other injury resulted from an apparent panic attack.          

Morse says firefighters were still on scene by midmorning wetting down hot spots.               

It’s unclear how many residents were displaced but 12 apartments were destroyed.               

The cause of the blaze is under investigation and the American Red Cross is assisting the families.           

The apartments sustained extensive fire and water damage.

(c) The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015