Early morning fire displaces two families in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Providence fire crews put out a fire that ripped through a Longmont Street home and displaced 2 families early Thursday morning.

Dale Robinson woke up to a massive blaze across the street.

“I was fast asleep,” Robinson said. “My father came into my room, yelled my name three times, and then said fire, which immediately shot me up. It was pretty big. At first it didn’t seem too big and then as we continued to watch, the bigger it got.”

According to the Providence fire department, they were alerted to the fire just before 3:00 AM. There were reports of several people stuck inside.

There were eight people inside fast asleep when the fire broke out. The residents told ABC 6 they were woken up by a delivery driver banging on their windows. By the time fire crews arrived just minutes later, the house was engulfed and the staircase had collapsed.

“As we pulled up the electrical lines on the house had burnt up, so initial stages of fire were pretty hectic,” Fire Chief Brian Mahoney said. “The building was compromised from the minute we got in there. Interior stairs were all burnt out, but we still had to search the building looking for victims.”

The fire chief says 8 people in total were displaced, 2 adults and 2 children on each floor.

Everybody in the home got out safely, but the building is a total loss, the chief said. He credits everyone involved for their hard work.

“Initially you just have a job to do and you think about what your job is,” Chief Mahoney said. “Each company has their own individual job to do and the companies did a tremendous job pushing in.”

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Several neighbors told ABC 6 there was a loud party the night before that went late into the night.

“From when I was up, it stopped around 1:00 and went quiet,” Robinson said. “I went to bed and next thing I know, the house is on fire.”

This is a developing story, more details will be added as they become available.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020


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