Crews battle house fire in Central Falls

Blackstone Valley

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — In the brisk cold, firefighters from multiple departments responded to a house fire in Central Falls Saturday night.

Crews responded to 73 Summer Street shortly after 7 p.m. and were met by flames and smoke.

“I pulled up with seven guys to fight this big fire that was going pretty good. I didn’t have any help from out of town yet. We had guys in the building trying to put the fire out, we ran out of water because we had an exposure problem on the outside so trying to knock that down, so we had to pull everybody out of the building so we could lay a feeder line in and get this fire put out,” Central Falls Fire Chief Ken Brousseau said.

Everyone made it out of the building safely before crews arrived, including resident Vicky Sinkler and her son.

“I thought I heard someone screaming, but I wasn’t sure. My kitchen was a little smokey, but we weren’t cooking anything so I knew it had to be coming from somewhere else,” she said.

Sinkler and her son got out of the building through the fire escape. She said she’s lived in there since 2003 and was visibly shaken up by the ordeal.

“Not knowing what to expect, you know, my stuff is damaged. You know I work hard, and to accumulate so much abundantly, and just to have it all diminished, that’s going to be devastating,” she said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours putting out hot spots and overhauling the building.

The fire chief says no one was injured. Crews did locate a dog on the third floor that is said to be doing okay.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

We’ll continue to update this story both online and on the air.

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