2 people suffer severe burns after fire in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Two people suffered severe burns after a fire at a home in Woonsocket early Friday morning.

Fire departments from Woonsocket, Lincoln, Cumberland and North Smithfield all responded to the three-family home around 5 a.m. 

The unit in the back of the building was engulfed in flames when they arrived.  

“The initial calls were received by a dispatch center just before 5 am, calls came from passersby in a neighboring street they saw smoke in the area,” Glen Felicio, the Fire Marshall told ABC6.  

Surveillance video shared with ABC6 from a building across the street, briefly catching the flames before the cameras shut off due to the heat. 

“I was an hour away when it happened and I just kept swiping through the images, 10 second shots and you know it was an orange glow, a bigger orange glow, a bigger orange glow,” Julie Tremmel, the building owner said. 

A couple who authorities say live in the home were taken to the hospital with severe burns, the woman in critical condition. 

Five other adults were able to get out on their own. 

“That is the area where the heaviest fire was found when the first companies arrived, the damage we were able to keep the damage to the front apartment, we were able to stop the fire just there the two units in the back of the building, more or less undamaged,” Felicio said.  

“I know the couple that lives in the apartment that burned so from the footage that I saw I knew that it wasn’t good,” Tremmel added. 

Fire crews say that the unit is a total loss. The mill building across the street also had structural damage of melted siding.  

“The fact that everyone’s alive is incredible considering the size of that fire,” Tremmel said. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Surveillance footage shared with ABC 6 News shows a resident running out of the burning home.

 

 

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