PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Eight Providence firefighters have been taken to the hospital after being injured while fighting a fire in a vacant building on Prairie Avenue.
The fire broke out in the home at 432 Prairie Ave shortly before 10 p.m. Fire officials told Eyewitness News that the fire appears to have started on the first floor of the vacant home and spread all the way up to the roof.
Seven firefighters were on the third floor when a ceiling collapsed, injuring several of them. The eighth suffered a hand laceration outside the home; none of their injuries were life-threatening and all eight had been release from the hospital by Saturday morning.
The fire was under control by shortly after 11 p.m. Fire officials said that the utilities to the building had been shut off for some time before the fire started, and that the fire remains under investigation. It’s not yet clear if the building will be demolished.
The occupied buildings on either side of the home did not suffer any damage, fire officials said.