SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A man was burned trying to put out a fire at his Back Street home Monday morning, Seekonk firefighters said.
The fire started in a second-flood bedroom around 7 a.m. and broke through the roof. Capt. Michael Bourque said the flames shot 30 to 40 feet into the air.
Bourque said two brothers lived in the home, and had already escaped by the time firefighters arrived on scene. However, one of the brothers suffered burns while trying to put out the flames with a bucket of water. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.
Bourque said residents should always leave the extinguishing duties up to trained professionals.
“Anytime an occupant tried to extinguish a fire, it never turns out good for them,” he said. “Just get everybody out and leave it up to the fire department.”
Bourque said a firefighter was overcome by heat and had to be taken to the hospital. The firefighter was expected to recover.
The house has heavy fire, water, and smoke damage, according to Bourque.
“The house is unlivable. They’ll be able to repair it in time but due to the condition of the house it’s going to be unlivable for quite some time,” he said.
The state fire marshal and a Seekonk fire lieutenant are investigating the cause.