PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An early morning car fire that spread to a home on Jasper Street forced a family of five out of their beds and into the cold Sunday.
Firefighters say the family has their dog to thank for helping them get out safely. Before the smoke detectors could even sound, the dog alerted everyone inside to the trouble.
“Believe it or not I heard their dog warned them.” Providence Fire Chief Robert Jackson said.
The fire started in a car around 4 a.m. and quickly spread to the house’s vinyl siding.
“Upon arrival companies found a car fully involved in fire, it extended to the side of the home,” Jackson said.
Jackson tells Eyewitness News the black Chevy Equinox was completely engulfed in flames. Close to three dozen firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly and keep it from spreading too far into the home.
“It can extend quickly, but the companies, they did a tremendous job, they extinguished the fire in a very quick manner. On the interior, it’s more smoke damage than anything, smoke and some water damage,” Jackson said.
No one was hurt in the fire. Investigators are still trying to determine how the Equinox caught on fire. Jackson said the SUV is a total loss, but that the family should be able to live in their house again.
“A quick knockdown which was nice, it saved the home,” Jackson said.
The Red Cross is helping the family find a temporary home for the time being.