Seven Providence firefighters hurt battling triple-decker fire

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence firefighters responded to the scene of a triple decker house fire in the Charles neighborhood Saturday evening.

The three-alarm fire broke out at 6:30 p.m. at 51 Job street.

Providence fire department Battalian Chief Jeffrey Varone tells Eyewitness News seven firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries and were brought to the hospital for observation. Six firefighters were brought to Rhode Island Hospital and one to Miriam Hospital, but they’re all expected to be released in good time.

Fire Chief Scott Mello told Eyewitness News at the scene that the roof collapsed, which may have caused some of the firefighters’ injuries. Four of the seven firefighters suffered burns.

The home was fully occupied at the time of the fire, so firefighters had to evacuate all of the residents of the three floors.

Flames and heavy black smoke could be seen billowing from the home’s third floor and roof.

The fire department approached the fire from neighboring Blaine street to battle the flames from the home’s backyard and the street.

It took firefighters over forty-five minutes for the fire to be knocked down. Chief Mello says it was a wind-driven fire, which is why it was so challenging to put out.

The fire broke out on the third floor porch and spread from there. After investigating Saturday night, the fire department ruled the fire as accidental.

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