Providence home destroyed in massive three-alarm fire

By Jordan Mazza

 

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire on Providence Street.

Officials say the call came in around 6 PM and firefighters arrived to find heavy flames.

“We pulled up, that third floor was fully involved,” said Battalion Chief Stephen Houle. “The fire was already through the roof on the third floor. We tried an aggressive interior attack. They could not make that third floor, there was just too much fire.”

Houle says the homeowner was the only one on the scene.

“He assured us that there was no one in the building,” the chief said. “That’s when we took the crews out of the building. It was a loss at that point. We weren’t going to get ahead of it on the third floor.”

 

It started as a two-alarm fire it quickly escalated to a three-alarm when flames threatened the adjacent house.

Houle says crews worked hard to make sure it didn’t spread.

“When we saw the exposure being threatened, we went to a third alarm, get the companies here, get enough water on it so the fire did not extend to the exposure building,” he said.

Neighbors say the homeowner did not live in the home, but was in the process of renovating it.

The battalion chief says the fire will be under investigation for quite some time, but says there was power to the building.

 

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