HOPKINTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Two people are dead after a fire broke out in a trailer home in Hopkinton late Tuesday night.
Crews responding to Alton Bradford Road just before midnight say the trailer was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival.
Chief Deputy Michael Sweeney from the R.I. State Fire Marshal’s office said an elderly couple was sleeping when the flames broke out and were unable to get out. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It did go up fairly quickly, and it was consumed fairly quickly,” Sweeney said. “Anyone would have trouble getting out of a structure like that with so much fire involved.”
The fire took about an hour to put out, Sweeney added.
Many people have stopped by in disbelief at what has taken place including Rebecca Thornton, who says she’s a survivor of a house fire and this one hits home.
“You lose everything to fire not just life. It takes everything and it only happens in a split second. It’s scary, it reminds you to hug your loved ones everyday you see them. You never know when you’re not going to be able to,” she recalled.
People like Rebecca are laying flowers in the area to pay their respects.
The cause of the fire is not suspicious at this time but remains under investigation.