Deputy chief: Neighbor using street alarm box alerted crews to Providence fire

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters were able to make quick work of intense flames that came shooting out of a Providence home Wednesday evening.

The fire broke out at a triple-decker on Hudson Avenue, according to Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Houle.

“Within 15 minutes, the entire front of the house was engulfed in flames, it was a scary, scary situation,” neighbor Ed Howard said.

Houle said at least six residents are displaced because of the fire.

He also said those who were inside at the time were able to escape uninjured.

Houle said the fire started on a porch on the second floor of the home.

When neighbor Emely Chuluc spotted the flames, she immediately ran to a nearby fire alarm box and flipped the switch.

“By the time I got outside to hit the button, the whole porch was on fire already,” Chuluc said.

Chuluc said her parents told her about the fire alarm box when she was a child, so she knew where it was along the street.

In less than a minute, Chuluc said firefighters were on scene assessing the situation.

“It’s extremely helpful when we have those street boxes come in,” Houle said. “We don’t get them all the time, but when we get them, they are extremely helpful.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

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