Flames rip through Providence home; man rescued from second-floor window


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A multi-family home in Providence has been deemed a total loss after it was destroyed by fire Friday evening.

Firefighters were called to Armington Avenue around 6:30 p.m. for reports of heavy flames and thick smoke coming from the building’s roof.

Providence Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Steve Capracotta tells 12 News the fire appears to have started in a kitchen on the second floor.

“They pulled up there was fire blowing out of the second-floor window,” Capracotta said.

Capracotta said the asphalt siding, which he referred to as “gasoline siding,” helped the fire spread quickly.

None of the residents were injured, however, Capracotta said one man had to be rescued from the second-floor window.

Two firefighters were transported to Rhode Island Hospital for smoke inhalation but are expected to be OK, Capracotta added.

Firefighters removed five dogs from the building, however, three of them did not make it out alive. Capracotta said they’re also searching for three more dogs who were reportedly inside their cages.

Fire crews confirm marijuana was being grown inside one of the rooms of the multi-family home.

12 News has reached out to Providence police for more information but have not yet heard back.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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