Fall River grandfather killed in weekend fire

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FALL RIVER, R.I. (WPRI) — Fall River fire officials are investigating a deadly fire from over the weekend.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Roger St. Martin, the call came in just after 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of a fire at a home on Montaup Street.

St. Martin said smoke detectors in the building were going off and the downstairs resident – who a neighbor said was the landlord – smelled smoke.

When crews got to the scene, they rescued a 69-year-old man from a second-floor apartment. 

St. Martin said the man – who family identified as Carl DaPonte – was first taken to St. Anne’s Hospital and then flown to Mass General, where he died.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, St. Martin said it does not appear foul play was involved.

DaPonte’s stepson Craig Braga told Eyewitness News the family is in the process of setting funeral arrangements.

Braga said DaPonte will be remembered for loving his family, especially his grandkids.

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