Wind causes problems for crews battling Cent. Falls fire

Credit: W. Belonos/RIBNS.com

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters had to contend with strong winds as well as flames Wednesday as they battled a blaze at a multi-family home in Central Falls.

The flames broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at a three-story residence on Central Street.

High winds made it difficult for firefighters to get the flames under control.

Photos: Central Falls fire >> (Credit: Francisco Soares)
Photos: Central Falls fire »
(Credit: Francisco Soares)

“When firefighters got there, they found what appeared to be a trash can up against the building. In a matter of a couple of minutes, it had gone from ground level all the way up into the attic,” said Fire Chief Robert Bradley, Jr. “The wind was a very big factor, as you can see. And it just sucked everything up, and just took it and pushed it on us.”

Pawtucket, Lincoln, and Cumberland departments all responded to the scene for mutual aid.

The chief said the home is uninhabitable and it will most likely have to be torn down.

A few people were inside the house and were able to make it out safely, however Bradley said a few firefighters suffered minor injuries slipping on ice.

According to the American Red Cross, a total of 15 residents were displaced by the fire. The organization is now helping them with basic needs.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Below is eyewitness video of the fire sent to us by Francisco Soares.

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