Ten displaced by Chalkstone Avenue fire

Ten people got out alive after a fire broke out in this Chalkstone Avenue home Saturday morning. (Matthew Lage/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Ten people were displaced by fire, but escaped injury, Saturday morning on Chalkstone Avenue.

According to Deputy Assistant Fire Chief James Mirza, the call came in at 7:11 a.m., and when firefighters arrived at 1298 Chalkstone Avenue they saw heavy fire on the first floor rear of the building.

The occupants, most of whom had been asleep on the second floor, were woken up by smoke detectors and had already managed to evacuate. None of them were hurt.

The fire was under control in about 35 minutes and one firefighter suffered a strain injury and was taken to the hospital to be treated.

The fact that the smoke alarms worked was critical, Mirza said, because most of the ten people in the home had been asleep when the fire started.

Five adults and five children were displaced from the home, which suffered extensive damage to the first floor, and were being assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire is believed to have been electrical in nature.

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