COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A family of three was able to escape a fire at their Coventry home but an elderly woman was still inside when emergency crews arrived just after 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Upon learning this, Coventry Police Officer Justin Favreau entered the burning home, found the woman sleeping on the first floor and got her to safety, according to police.
Damage to the second floor and roof could be seen as firefighters worked to knock down the flames. Read Avenue was shut down during this time.
Coventry Fire District Lt. Jon Pascua said the family was “very lucky” to have escaped the fire since there didn’t appear to be any working smoke alarms inside the home.
“Smoke detectors save lives,” Pascua said. “Very important, especially at night when people are in a deep sleep. You aren’t really going to wake up to the smell of smoke. Some people think that’s the case but it really isn’t.”
No injuries were reported.
The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.