Providence fire sends 3 firefighters, landlord to hospital

Dog rescued from Prairie Avenue fire (Andy Paskowski/Corey Welch/WPRI-TV)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Five families were forced from their homes Friday afternoon by a fire at a pair of triple-deckers in Providence.

The 4-alarm fire broke out just after 1 p.m. on the second floor of 387 Prairie Ave. and spread to a neighboring building.

Battalion Chief Jeffrey Varone said 65 firefighters responded to help battle the stubborn fire. Three were transported to the hospital after suffering heat exhaustion.

“You try and stay hydrated and conserve your own resources,” he said. “We tried to rotate crews as quickly as we could.”

The landlord of one of the properties was also taken to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing.

“I guess he caught some of the smoke and that affected him,” said resident Jeyson Fana.

A small dog was rescued from the fire.

Officials said a total of 15 people were displaced as a result of the fire. The Red Cross responded to the scene to provide assistance.

“I was actually a little petrified because all my clothes and everything I worked hard for was in there,” Fana added.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials said it appeared to be accidental.