MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A family in Middletown dealt with a devastating fire during the last day of 2019.
Middletown Fire Chief says that his crews were at a medical emergency when the fire broke out around 11:15 a.m. on Woolsey Road Tuesday morning.
Newport engines were the first to arrive to fight the flames that destroyed one of the homes in the two-unit duplex.
Crews say a child and two adults – including a Newport firefighter – were taken to local hospitals.
Luis Mateos II told Eyewitness News his mother lives in one half of the duplex and his brother Teddy lives in the other half with his two children.
Mateos said at least one of the children was inside the duplex when the fire started. He said Teddy went into the burning building and pulled out his 11-year-old daughter Trinity.
“She grabbed his leg and he grabbed her and he got her out and saved her,” Mateos said. “They are alive thank god, I mean I got here and was in complete tears. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Mateos said his brother was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and his niece was taken to Hasbro. Both suffered from smoke inhalation and minor burns but are doing OK according to the family.
The Newport firefighter was transported to Newport Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Mateos said his mother and brother have lived in the duplex since 1999 and his mom only had a year left until it was paid off.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s office.