Neighbors react after Burrillville fire displaces multiple families

BURILLVILLE, R.I (WLNE) – A three-alarm fire is forcing multiple families out of their home this Christmas.

The fire at the multi-family home on East Avenue in the Harrisville section of Burrillville broke out after 9 PM Wednesday night.

All surrounding fire departments responded to the call for mutual aid, along with Douglas and Uxbridge Massachusetts.

“There were just lights everywhere from the cruisers,” said neighbor Karen Teter. “And seeing the smoke come out, it was pretty scary.”

Crews closed off the main portion of town, near the intersection of East Avenue and Central Street.

The damage is considered significant enough to displace 9 people total, five adults and four children.

“We were sick to our stomach because we know that there are children that live there,” Teter said. “And everybody knows the place because of all the Christmas decorations they have outside. So we’re all very worried.”

Fire officials tell ABC6 there are no injuries to firefighters or residents.

But still, the timing is making the situation worse.

“This time of year, horrible,” Teter said. “Right before Christmas.”

Yet residents here say this is a giving community.

“Good thing, there’s a lot of good people, especially in this town, and they will help out as best they can,” said Peter Gallant of Burrillville.

“I really feel bad for them,” said Bob Charpentier of Burrillville. “I hope everything goes well and that they get a lot of help. They deserve it. They absolutely deserve it.”

That help could be a fundraiser, or something that captures the spirit of the season.

“We could certainly pitch in and make sure they have a nice Christmas, have a dinner somewhere, gifts and everything,” Teter said. “Everybody would definitely step up to that.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal. There is no word yet on when families might be able to return to the home. The Red Cross is assisting them in the mean time.


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