CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Central Falls police have released surveillance footage they believe shows the person responsible for setting fire to a local home early Saturday morning.
The black and white video shows a man in a winter coat and hat walking down Earle Street in Central Falls around the same time a home there caught fire. Police believe the fire was deliberately set.
“Very disturbing,” said Central Falls Police Chief Col. James Menconca. Seven people, including one child, were inside the home sleeping at the time of the fire. Mendonca called the act of arson “heinous.”THE FULL STORY: Central Falls police rescue residents from house fire
Three Central Falls police officers were credited with saving the occpuants’ lives.
“If it wasn’t for their quick response, not only would those seven people would have perished, but [the officers] themselves would have been overcome by the smoke and may have perished as well,” said Mendonca.
One neighbor said she heard the sound of glass breaking followed by a loud bang around the time of the fire. Initially, she thought it was a car accident. Then she saw the flames coming from her neighbor’s home.
“I had anxiety for a while, couldn’t go to sleep, because I don’t know if they were targeted or whatever the case may be, but it could happen to anybody,” she said.
She told Eyewitness News she didn’t know who would have set the fire or why.
Police are continuing their investigation and are hopeful someone will recognize the man on the video.
“We’re going to work tirelessly to try and identify who this person is and bring them to justice,” Mendonca said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Central Falls police.