WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A family of six was forced out of their home after a fire started overnight.
Warwick police said one of their officers was on patrol around 12:30 a.m. when he spotted a house and garage on fire on Narragansett Parkway. He called the fire department, then helped evacuate four adults and two children from the burning home.
When firefighters arrived to put the flames out, one was hurt in the process and was taken to Kent Hospital with minor injuries.
A man inside the house was also hurt and treated for smoke inhalation.
The Warwick Police Department is crediting Officer David Waddington for saving the family’s lives. He’s an 11-year veteran of the police force. Waddington was also able to save the family’s two dogs, though their cat is still missing.
Right now, there’s no word yet on what caused the fire. The Red Cross is currently assisting the family with temporary housing.