Several residents saved from Providence house fire

(WPRI/ Perry Russom)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Fire crews were called to the scene of a house fire on Barrows Street in Providence Friday night.

According to Assistant Chief Scott Mello of the Providence Fire Department, the fire broke out on the first floor of the triple-decker home. He said multiple people become trapped on the second and third floors of the home.

Firefighters used two ladder trucks to rescue the residents. A person was also taken from the first floor and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance.

Mello told Eyewitness News one firefighter sustained a shoulder injury.

“[Firefighters] were giving 110 percent to get in,” Mello said. “We had reports of people trapped.”

Mello said the fire was under control after about 25 minutes.

“[Crews] perfectly placed these ladder trucks right behind you and they were able to rescue people on the second and third floor with the aerial ladders,” Mello said.

Officials tell us that the department had to overcome challenges.

“Some of the streets are very narrow, especially in this neighborhood the houses are close,” said Mello. “We kept it to the house of origin. and it makes it difficult to place this ladder trucks which are very large.”

Residents told Eyewitness New a 2-year-old was among those saved from the building.

“We opened up the door to leave and the smoke was just unbearable. We couldn’t see, we couldn’t breathe. So we closed the door immediately. The fire department ended up coming as I was trying to climb out the window to get with my nephew. They grabbed us..all of us,” said Davide Barros, who lives on the third floor.

Officials said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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