Cat killed in fire at multi-family home in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A cat was killed in a fire at a multi-family home in Providence Monday morning, and 10 people are without a home after a 2nd alarm fire tore through an apartment complex at 100 Knight St. in Providence. First responders were called to the fire at approximately 7:19 Monday morning and worked throughout the day to control the blaze.
ABC 6 News crews on the scene said smoke was coming from the windows of the home on Knight Street.
The landlord of the property said that his cat was trapped on the third floor of the building.
Deputy assistant chief Kevin Jutras said that all 10 people living in the building made it out safely, but the multi-family home is a total loss. The Red Cross was called in to help the displaced occupants.
“No one’s going to be able to go back into this home, we did have one deceased pet a cat was found on the third floor,” Jutras said.
Jutras also added that firefighters faced many difficulties once inside the building, as they dealt with zero visibility due to the amount of smoke, but were able to get the flames under control in a short time and keep it from spreading to other homes.
“[It has] extensive fire damage in the front, first floor. Fire damage on the second floor, smoke damage, and water damage on the third floor,” Jutras said. “Companies have to do extensive work to make sure this fire was extinguished in the concealed spaces of this building.”
Those living in the neighborhood who saw the smoke and went out onto the street said they were thankful for the swift response by first responders.
“I’m really glad that people are okay but also that the fire didn’t spread. These buildings are really close together,” said Sagar Chitalia, who lives in the neighborhood.