EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I.(WPRI) — Officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire at a home on Griffith Avenue in East Providence.
The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Eyewitness News crews on scene could see thick, heavy smoke pouring from the roof of the home.
Neighbor John Muth said he heard a “popping noise” while he was sitting in his family room and went to investigate.
“Our cats were frantically trying to get inside, so I went outside and the back corner of the house was just engulfed in flames,” Neighbor John Muth said. “There was a really strong wind and it was blowing down just the entire length of the house.”
Battalion Chief Michael Carey said two people were inside the home when the fire broke out.
“The woman who lived there was a quadriplegic, her husband actually got her out of the building before we arrived,” Carey said. “He did a great job, there was a little bit of a delay in calling, but that was expected because he was getting his wife out.”
Carey said the roof was engulfed in flames when they arrived, and eventually caved in on itself. He said the house is a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.