Providence firefighters battle 3 house fires in less than an hour


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters in Providence responded to three fires in less than an hour Saturday afternoon.  All were unrelated, but at least one fire displaced several families, according to fire officials.

The first call came in at 11:48 a.m. at 41 Woodman Street for a porch fire. The flames left behind damage to the multi-family home. The second story porch railing is now gone, and debris was left all over the front porch.

“That was the most serious,” Providence Battalion Chief Steve Capracotta said.

Ten to 12 people who live there now have to find other places to stay due to smoke and water damage inside the home, according to Capracotta.

Minutes after the first fire started, a call for another fire came in, this time at a home on Knight Street.

Windows at that location were left broken from fighting the fire. Capracotta said it’s a vacant building.  

Then around 12:15 p.m., there was a fire inside a house on Mount Pleasant Avenue.

There was no visible damage on the outside of the home, but Capracotta said a small fire was caused by work being done to solder pipes. It was quickly put out.

“You get everything set up at the first fire then you gotta start packing up your hose and your ladders and all your equipment and go over to another one and do the same thing, and pack up and go over to another one, but we can handle it, we can handle it,” Capracotta said.

No one was hurt at any of the fires. The fires on Knight Street and Woodman Street both remain under investigation.

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