22 displaced after Providence house goes up in flames

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly two dozen people were displaced on Monday night after a house fire on Pennsylvania Avenue in Providence.

Half of the 22 people that were forced out into the cold were children, according to officials.

Firefighters stated that all residents inside made it out safely.

Residents knew they had to get out fast – one boy that Eyewitness News talked to said he just grabbed his sandals and ran.

Chief William Kenyon explained that the cold weather didn’t help crews. “It’s one of the downsides of winter, we do use a lot of water and it does create some hazardous conditions because of a slip and fall and very slippery to work around,” he said.

Kenyon also said that the call volume goes up as the temperature drops.

“It’s actually kind of small compared to what we’ve been doing lately,” said Melissa Schires, Red Cross Disaster Action team leader.

She said it gets especially tough around the holidays, but the Red Cross is ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.