Officials: House fire in East Providence turns fatal

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Fire crews in East Providence responded to a house fire on Fenmoor Street near Warren Avenue early Wednesday morning.

The fire chief confirmed to Eyewitness News that one person perished in the fire.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, with thick black smoke coming out of the top floor window. The backside of the home also suffered significant damage.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that a woman in her 60s was killed and that she lived in the home with her son and dog.

According to neighbors, the son was working third-shift right down the road in Seekonk when the fire broke out. Their golden retriever was also killed.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

“It’s very devastating. Great, great, great people — lifelong residents,” said one neighbor. “Unfortunately she was not able to get around. She was wheelchair bound.”

One woman said her fiance and nephew, who is a Pawtucket firefighter, tried to get inside the home to help the woman. “The smoke was just so bad. They just couldn’t get in there,” she said.

“They kicked the doors in, both of them. Yeah they kicked the outside door and the inside door so that they could get in,” added neighbor Bill Holt.

The fire chief said two firefighters were injured; one suffered a fractured ankle and the other an elbow injury.

Investigators, as well as East Providence’s Bureau of Criminal Identification vehicle, worked all day Wednesday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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