Family says they lost everything in Plainfield Street fire

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Smoke filled the sky on Plainfield Street around 3:30 this morning. The blaze displaced a family of five and damaged businesses below.

Providence fire officials say it was a stubborn fire and took hours to put out.

“It appears to have started in the second floor area,” Stephen Houle, Deputy Assistant Fire Chief said. “By the time crews got here it was heavily involved on the third floor.”

The family who lives on the third floor says they woke up surrounded by smoke. The woman and her kids were able to get out, but one man stayed behind looking for their car keys. The fire spread quickly and he tells us he jumped off the porch onto a ledge where fire crews rescued him.

“We did find one occupant on the rear structure of the building,” Chief Houle said. “He was removed by fire crews as they arrived.”

The family of five says they lost everything from their clothes to their car. However, they say they are thankful for their lives and Red Cross is assisting.

For safety, National Gird cut off power while crews battled the blaze. Neighbors say they woke up to no power and a devastating scene outside their door.

“The whole block was out of power,” a neighbor, Ryan Quirk, said. “I look in the back window of my house and see a reddish light, so I grabbed my jacket and my phone for a flashlight and came over here.”

Along with the displaced family, businesses on the first floor were damaged.

“That’s almost 13 years right here,” Luis Santiago, Owner of Mia Hair Creation said. “But, God protected us, our life is more important.”

Luis Santiago and his wife put their life into their hair salon. Thursday morning, they gathered what was left, heartbroken, but determined to continue.

“It’s not easy,” Santiago said. “I’ll try to find another place. God gave me another opportunity to open another big door for us. I’ll continue again.”

There was also a pet cat reported missing. Fire officials say they have not found the animal yet.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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