COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have identified a father and his young son who died in a fire that broke out in their Colonial Road home.
Edward Lorenzen, 47-years-old and his 4-year-old son Michael died as a result of the fire that started around 6:40 p.m. Friday.
Coventry Fire Chief Frank Brown said there was also a 13-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl in the house as the fire spread. The boy was able to grab his sister and run to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
“The 13-year-old is a real hero here,” Brown said. “He grabbed his sister and got out of the house.”
The teenager was able to quickly alert firefighters that two victims were still inside the home. Chief Brown said they found the bodies of the father and son within 15 minutes.
According to Brown, the boy and his sister are now with their mother. They were both taken to Kent Hospital for treatment.
Brown said firefighters were able to put out the flames quickly. It’s unclear what caused the fire or where it started.
“The whole front of the house was lit up,” neighbor E.J. Robinson said.
The State Fire Marshal’s office responded to help investigate. Brown said at this time nothing indicates the fire is suspicious.
“A tragic night here in Coventry to say the least,” Brown said.
The victims are also being mourned in Washington, where we’ve learned Edward Lorenzen was a former aide to House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer.
Hoyer, along with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi expressed their condolences in statements released on Twitter.
“I was heartbroken to hear that Ed and his young son Michael were killed in a house fire,” Hoyer said. “Ed was a devoted servant to his country, a wonderful father to his children, and a great friend to me.”