7-year-old killed in Providence house fire
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A 7-year-old died and a 2-year-old is in critical condition, after they were pulled from a burning home in Providence on Tuesday afternoon.
Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi confirmed to ABC6 News that the 7-year-old died at the hospital.
Fire officials said the fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. Two sisters, ages 2 and 7 were on the second floor of the burning home and were taken to the hospital.
Police identified the 7-year-old on Wednesday as Ashley Sandoval. Sandoval’s 2-year-old sister remains in the ICU.
According to police, there were adult relatives, as well as one juvenile relative in the home who were able to escape the fire.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré said that investigators believe the mother of the two girls was walking to a nearby market at the time of the fire.
Officials are investigating the circumstances that led up to the fire, but have no evidence to believe that the fire was intentionally set.
The Rhode Island State Fire Marshall and the ATF are assisting in the investigation.
“I’m very emotionally shook right now and there’s people that just lost everything I just lost my stuff. They lost everything” said one neighbor who spoke with ABC6 at the scene.
Another neighbor said that she head a loud “pop” before walking our of her home and seeing flames.
According to Providence Firefighters, 59 firefighters were on scene fighting the flames.
A GoFundMe was created to help the family with funeral expenses.
This is a developing story, more information will be updated when it is provided.