Fire crews on scene of house fire on Warrington Street

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Providence Fire crews were on scene at Warrington Street in Providence for a reported structure fire.

The fire began around 5:00 AM, and is in the area of 198 Warrington Avenue.

Neighbors like Geneva Johnson spent her morning watching the scene unfold outside her window.

“I got up to see what all the commotion was about, and that house was lit up like from the top to the bottom,” Johnson said.

Firefighters say every single floor of the home was lit up. Neighbors like Johnson were concerned it would spread to nearby homes because it was growing so quickly.

“I was actually very concerned with the houses adjacent to that house because it was just totally lit up,” Johnson said.

Providence Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Brian Mahoney says the fire was so large, it wasn’t safe to go inside to fight it.

“The building was to a point where we were not able to make entry into the building initially,” Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Mahoney said. “As you can see behind us, we went to defensive operation.”

Firefighters tackled the flames from above and down below. Mahoney says while they were working to put it out, they got a report that someone might’ve been inside.

“We got a report that there might’ve been a tenant that used to live on the second floor,” Mahoney said. “We’ve now since learned that he was not in the building.”

As for the cause of the fire, Mahoney says it’s not clear how this started especially if the home was vacant. He says the gas was off, but the electricity was still on.

“There was an auto fire in the rear yard of the adjoining yard at the same time, so we have investigators on scene looking into what happened there,” Mahoney said.

As investigators look into what happened, neighbors wonder what will happen next with the mess left behind.

“They’re going to have to tear it down,” Johnson said. “It’s just amazing. You don’t see this every day.”

Once the flames were out, firefighters did go through the building to make sure there was no one inside. They determined the building was vacant and are investigating.

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