Crews work to extinguish North Smithfield house fire

One person was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) – Crews have spent hours on scene working to put out a fire at a St. Paul Street home on Wednesday.

North Smithfield Fire Chief David Chartier said the fire started around 5 P.M.

One person was transported to the hospital with unknown conditions at this time.

According to Chartier, firefighters have been finding pockets of fire inside of the home due to the roof and other floors collapsing.

“We have a roof collapse here and we had some floors collapse. So what happens is when you get that collapse, and everything pancakes on top of itself, you get hidden pockets of fire that are in there. So it’s just extensive work and we’re not able to get crews inside, it’s just too dangerous,” said Chartier.

Chartier said he was worried about the safety of his firefighters, as the water used to extinguish the fire is quickly turning into ice.

“These kinds of conditions become a concern when the weather is cold and we have a lot of  water flowing. It’s dark, so you can’t see the patches of ice. There’s hose. So it presents a problem for trip and slip hazards,” said Chartier.

Parts of Route 146 and St. Paul Street have been shut down.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story and more information will be updated once it is provided. 

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