Three-alarm fire tears through CF house; arson suspected

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) – Several fire crews are in Central Falls early Wednesday morning to investigate a potentially arson-related three-alarm fire that tore through a triple-decker home.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. at 63 Foundry Street – an abandoned triple-decker house. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Crews from Pawtucket, Providence, Lincoln and Cumberland all assisted in putting out the fire, which investigators believe started on the home’s porch.

The house was considered a total loss.

Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that the blaze is being investigated as a potential case of arson.

Fire crews responded to the same Foundry Street home several months ago for an arson-related fire.

“It’s difficult because it puts the firefighters at risk,” Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley said. “They all have families. We’re all a small community whether we come from Central Falls or the surrounding communities. We’re all friends and we all socialize and the last thing we want to do is get somebody hurt because somebody decided they wanted to light something on fire so we want to keep everybody safe and that’s the whole frustrating part of the situation.”

Bradley said no injuries were reported as a result of Wednesday’s fire.

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