BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) – Investigators were back at the scene of a house fire Sunday morning.
Police confirmed Saturday night that a fire at 228 State Street is under investigation, but neither police nor firefighters have released any additional information.
Neighbors said it happened around 10 a.m. Saturday, and that there was some kind of explosion inside the building that resulted in injuries to the occupants.
“He was all burnt, he was all burnt up, his skin almost looked like glue,” said neighbor Jeremy Rudman, describing what he saw to Eyewitness News. “His face was burnt, his clothes were blown off him.”
Rudman recalls a chaotic scene, with neighbors yelling to the home’s occupants to get away from the house.
“There were people inside; there were people on the back deck, all kind of huddled, dazed, you could tell they were dazed,” said Rudman.
Crews have shored up the front of the house, which appears to be bowed out.
A police officer was stationed at the house overnight, and fire investigators were back at the building Sunday, leaving at around 11 a.m. Neighbors say they saw officers removing evidence from the home.
Rudman says since he has lived on the street, this home on the corner has fallen into disrepair. Despite this, Rudman confirms the house was not abandoned, and people had been living in the house prior to Saturday’s fire.