Overnight fire forces 15 from Providence home

(Photo: Justin White/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Red Cross is helping at least 15 people, including four children, after an overnight fire in Providence.

The flames broke out at a home on Admiral Street in the city’s Chad Brown neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“My brother’s friend woke us up to fire in the house, and I ran out of the house,” said resident Sadayia Akins. “It was just a big fire, out of nowhere.”

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Firefighters say the flames extended out a third floor window, and ignited some power lines.

National Grid was called in to turn off the power while crews battled the blaze. It took firefighters about an hour to get the flames under control.

Residents said they’re grateful they escaped safely, but their home is now too damaged to return.

“Red Cross gave us a card. They’re going to pay for our hotels,” added Akins. “After that, we don’t know. We have to find somewhere to go.”

Akin said this was the second time a fire forced her and her family out of a home.

Officials said the fire caused about $100,000 in damage. Arson investigators later arrived on scene, paying close attention to the third floor, but officials have not said if anything seemed suspicious.

“At this point in time, we’d only be able to say it is under investigation,” said Battalion Chief William Kenyon.

There were no injuries reported.

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