Man rescued from third-floor apartment during fire

Photo: Steph Machado/WPRI-TV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two people were sent to the hospital Friday after a multi-family home in Providence caught fire.

The fire broke out at 17 Rutland St. at about 1 p.m. According to Battalion Chief Steve Houle, two people self-evacuated while firefighters rescued a man on the third floor.

Houle said the man was trapped due to debris in the hallway, adding that there might have been a hoarding situation inside the home.

Houle confirmed two people were transported to the hospital for evaluation, but he wasn’t certain if they were injured in any way.

It appeared the fire started in the back of the building. The cause remains under investigation.