PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Red Cross is helping six families following a fire at a multi-unit apartment building on Park Street in Pawtucket.
The fire started around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
A viewer shared cell phone video with Eyewitness News. In it, the fire alarms are blaring as smoke and flames poured out of the building.
A neighbor, Joseph Santos, said he was in his kitchen when he spotted the flames.
“Scary, especially when you look up and the house next to you is on fire, you panic,” Santos recalled. “Kind of yellow, bright light when I looked out the window, that side of the house was on fire already.”
According to the state fire marshal’s office, based on the preliminary investigation, the fire started in a mattress between the apartment building on Park Street and multi-unit home to the left of it.
The fire marshal’s office also noted that two children were involved.
As crews were on scene for several hours, firefighters were also on top of the neighboring house.
Residents tell Eyewitness News everyone who was inside at the time made it out safely. One of the tenants’ two dogs was also able to escape.
By nightfall, the building was being boarded up. The landlord said 15 people were living in the apartments now have to find other places to stay.
Eyewitness News reached out to the Pawtucket Fire Department about any possible injuries but has yet to hear back.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.