FALL RIVER, R.I. (WPRI) — Multiple units at a Fall River apartment complex were damaged by fire Friday night caused by what fire officials believe was a lit cigarette.
According to Fall River District Fire Chief Michael Clark, crews responded to The Mount apartments on Middle Street for reports of flames coming from a 4th floor attic apartment.
Fire in an apartment complex on Middle St in Fall River. Firefighters appear to be working primarily on the 4th floor. Flames were seen coming from the upper windows minutes ago. @wpri12 pic.twitter.com/DrXcP4lOYa— Corey Welch (@CoreyWelch) February 2, 2019
Clark said everyone inside the building was evacuated and no one was injured, however three cats died in the fire.
According to Clarke, they received reports that the woman who lived in the apartment had dropped the cigarette she was smoking. When it caught fire, she tried to put it out with a pot of water but failed.
Clark said several units and part of the hallway sustained fire, smoke and water damage.
The American Red Cross responded to the scene to help displaced residents. Its unclear how many residents are displaced at this time.