Arson squad investigating two separate fires in Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Fire investigators in Providence are busy this Christmas looking into two fires.

One fire has already been ruled arson – and the other is still under investigation.

The first fire was reported around 4 a.m. Wednesday on Silver Lake Avenue. Two firefighters were hurt and were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One resident inside escaped unharmed with his dog, but now his house is uninhabitable.

“I’m not feeling good at all,” said Tommy Fiske. “That’s my house. I don’t have any insurance on the house.”

Two miles away from Silver Lake Avenue, a second fire was reported at a vacant house on Greenwich Street. The flames broke out around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday right next to Ivy Sokol’s home.

“Luckily my roommate’s car was out. I think it would have been fire if it hadn’t been out at the time,” Sokol said. “It was a super weird, scary scene. I think nobody got hurt, which is cool, but yeah, definitely pretty terrifying.”

Providence arson investigator Sean Reddy said residents in the area are concerned about the recent fires.

“They’re both great neighborhoods and what concerns us the most is we want the people in both of those neighborhoods, Silver Lake and West End, to feel safe,” he said.

Both fires are being investigated, and Reddy said firefighters have determined the two were not connected.

“The causes and origin of the fire are in two separate locations within the houses, within the city, and we have a suspect in one of the fires, in Silver Lake,” Reddy said.

He wouldn’t say who that suspect is, but he did say the arson squad is hoping to make an arrest soon.

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