EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several adults and children are now out of their triple-decker home after a fire flared up Tuesday morning on Warren Avenue.
The fire was reported around 2:15 a.m. East Providence Fire Chief David Rave told Eyewitness News East Providence police officers called in the fire and were able to rescue some of the residents before fire crews arrived.
Firefighters said when they arrived at the home, flames were pouring out of a third-floor window. Rave said crews were able to contain the fire to that one room but other rooms in the building have water damage.
Everyone in the home was able to get out safely. The families that live there will have to be housed elsewhere for now, Rave said, but they’ll be able to move back eventually; vent holes made in the roof will have to be repaired, and some windows were broken.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Landlord Lisa Moniz told Eyewitness News that one of her residents admitted to her that he fell asleep with some kind of cigarette in his hand and that may have caused the couch to catch fire.
Moniz remained optimistic though. “Get it fixed up as soon as I can and hopefully they can come back soon,” she said.
Eyewitness News spoke to Phillip Rivera, who lives on the first floor of the building. He says the Red Cross is assisting his family for the time being, but he doesn’t expect the donation to last them past one week. Rivera started a GoFundMe page to help his family raise money for temporary housing, food and clothing.