One dead, two injured in Johnston house fire

State Fire Marshal on scene of Johnston house fire

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters continue to investigate what sparked a fire at a home on George Waterman Road in Johnston Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, officials confirmed that one person died in the fire and two other people were injured.

Right now, an orange sign from the Department of Building Inspections is posted on the boarded up home that has been deemed uninhabitable.

“They’re a nice family.  He was always nice, the wife was always nice, and their son was always nice,” recalled neighbor Brian Pelland.

Brian Pelland has lived next to the now vacant home for fourteen years.

He said whenever he would be outside he could count on talking with at least one of the family members.

“They used to come out and chat with me when they used to see me out in the yard,” said Pelland.

According to the State Fire Marshal’s office, the deceased victim is only being identified as a man, and the names of all victims are not being released a this time.

A Johnston Fire Battalion Chief on the scene Saturday night said one of the two injured was a man who suffered a broken hip, but did not go into detail about the other people injured.

Now, Pelland is saying the same thing he’s said to those neighbors for many years, “If they need anything, they can easily call us.”

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