Fire guts Cumberland home Sunday afternoon

Fire at home on Titus Street in Cumberland. 5/18/15

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A house fire broke out at a home in Cumberland Sunday afternoon, and quickly spread through the top floors of the building and outside deck.

Several firefighters were treated for exhaustion after battling the fire on Titus street.

All residents of the 6-unit, multi-family home made it out safely, including two family cats; one jumped out of a third story window.

One of the fire victims spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News.

Nancy Martins recalls the moment she found out her house was on fire, “I was at work, getting ready to come home, and my son called me hysterical, telling me the house is on fire. I didn’t think it was as bad as it is right now. I mean, I’ve lost everything. I’m just thankful to God that my kids are okay and the cat is okay.”

John Escobar just happened to be passing by when he saw the start of the fire, so he quickly ran into the house to alert the family. “I knocked on the first floor. It was locked. Ran up to the second floor and I literally opened the door and I told everyone to get out out. I said, ‘everybody needs to get out of the house right now. Period. Don’t go looking for anything. Worry about that later.’ And that’s all I said.”

The Cumberland Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

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