Man severely burned after car catches fire in Providence


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man was taken to the hospital with severe burns after a car fire in Providence Friday morning.

At about 1:45 a.m., firefighters said they responded to reports of a vehicle engulfed in flames next to a home on Plainfield Street.

The victim suffered both first- and second-degree burns to about half of his body, according to officials.

More than two dozen firefighters arrived on scene and Providence Fire Battalion Chief Edward Dwyer said it took about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.

The fire extended from the car the outside of a home, officials added.

Authorities have not yet identified the burn victim, who was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. There is no immediate word on his condition.

“When we arrived, he was on the front lawn of the house, so I’m not sure if he was in the car or he was trying to extinguish the car, but he was burned and transported by our rescue,” Dwyer explained.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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