Firefighter unhurt after fall through floor during East Providence fire


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Fire crews from several departments responded Monday morning after flames broke out at a commercial building near the East Providence waterfront.

City Fire Chief Glenn Quick said first responders arrived on Valley Street around 10 a.m. to find a “well-advanced” fire.

The cloud of smoke billowing from the building affected visibility for drivers on nearby I-195.

The building was “vacant for a very long time,” according to Quick, but is now apparently being used for storage.

No injuries were reported.

At one point, a firefighter fell through a hole from the second floor to the first floor, but Quick said he landed softly and was not hurt. He soon returned to work after being evaluated on scene.

“The men and women of the East Providence Fire Department did a very good job, along with our partners from Barrington, Pawtucket and Providence,” Quick added.

The state fire marshal’s office also responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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