2 firefighters hurt battling Woonsocket house fire

Blackstone Valley

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two firefighters were injured while battling a fire that tore through a Woonsocket home early Friday morning, according to Deputy Fire Chief Keith Lopes.

Lopes said firefighters arrived on scene just before 2 a.m. to find flames shooting out of the back of the North Main Street home.

“There is significant damage,” he said. “It’s an addition and a kitchen and a bathroom. There’s a lot of damage from the fire and smoke.”

With the fire station located less than a mile away, Lopes said they were able to knock down the fire within 15 minutes.

Lopes said two residents and three cats were able to escape.

Woonsocket Fire Chief John Chartraw tells Eyewitness News one firefighter suffered a sprained ankle while fighting the flames and another was treated for dehydration.

Both were transported to Landmark Medical Center for treatment and have since been released.

State Fire Marshal Timothy McLaughlin said the fire has been deemed accidental, though the exact cause remains under investigation.

McLaughlin also said there didn’t appear to be any working fire alarms inside the home.

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