Man leaps from window to escape Providence fire

(Marcos Valentin/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A three-story home in Providence was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning.

The fire broke out at 89 Belmont Ave. just after 8 a.m. and went to three alarms.

Firefighters said one man apparently jumped out of a window to escape the flames. He was the only resident, according to officials on scene, and he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire officials said every floor was damaged and the home is considered a total loss.

“We had a little problem with water pressure, so it allowed the fire to expand before we could knock it down,” said Battalion Chief Ken Rainone. “So pretty much the whole house is in bad shape.”

In addition to the water pressure, Rainone said ice also caused a problem for firefighters.

“It’s very icy out here,” he said. “I saw a couple firemen go down. They got up and went back to work, but it’s pretty dangerous out here with the water and the ice.”

One firefighter is being treated for a burn to his ear, according to Rainone.

The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced resident.