FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — It appears a fire that severely injured two people in Fall River early Monday morning was accidental, according to investigators.
The fire started at about 2 a.m. inside a single-family home on Fulton St. The investigation into the cause is still ongoing, but officials told Eyewitness News the fire started in the living room of the home and may have been started by candles.
Three people were inside the home at the time of the fire.
A 26-year-old man, who was on the couch when the fire broke out, made it out of the house and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
Firefighters also found a 41-year-old woman on the floor of a bedroom. She was also taken to Rhode Island Hospital with burns on 60 percent of her body.
The third person in the home was an 86-year-old man who lived in an upstairs apartment.
Off-duty Somerset firefighter Curt Scherny was able to escort the man to safety.
“Once we carried him down and out and into the car, I went back over and tried to her out – the girl – out of the house,” he said, “At that point all the windows started breaking out and the flamed lopped up on the side of the building.”
Fall River fire investigators and the fire marshal’s office are investigating.