Fire damages multi-family home in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A fire in Providence damaged a multi-family home on Wednesday.

The fire happened at about 5 p.m. on Waldo Street. A resident says he believes it started on a motorcycle in the backyard of the home.

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Jutras said the first crews arrived at the home within two minutes and were met with heavy flames coming from the rear of the home.

“We knew right away from the get-go that we had a fire that had a significant advantage ahead of the company,” said Jutras.

All the residents were able to escape the blaze without injuries. No firefighters were injured.

One resident of the home, Craig Greenslade, said he attempted to put out the fire himself before firefighters arrived.

“I looked out the back window, and you could see smoke and fire. Like, you could see it coming up the back window through the shades,” said Greenslade.

He said he quickly dumped a nearby cooler of water on the motorcycle and tried to douse the back of the home, but was unable to make any progress. Instead, while frantically calling 911, he ran back inside to save his cat and two kittens still inside.

“It was time to get out, but all I wanted to do was get back in,” said Greenslade.

It took firefighters about 35 minutes to put out the fire.

There was fire damage in the basement, first floor and the loft of the home, with water and smoke damage throughout the entire house, according to Jutras.

The Red Cross was called to assist the five adults who lived within the three-units of the building.

Greenslade said he and other residents of the home are grateful to have made it out safely.

“Anybody can go buy another TV or another couch. But it’s the living things that we really have to worry about,” he said.

Jutras said the damage to the home was extensive and that the official cause remains under investigation.

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