Several displaced in overnight Providence fire

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several people were displaced late Wednesday night when a fire tore through a Providence triple-decker home.

According to Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Desmarais, the fire was first reported at 11:30 p.m. He said heavy flames were seen on the third floor and one tenant jumped out a window into a rear alley to escape.

The tenant was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and at last check, the tenant’s condition was unknown.

No other injuries were reported and the fire was under control in about 30 minutes, Desmarais said.

Eyewitness News spoke with a tenant who said his neighbors called to him and told him to get out of the house.

“The smoke alarm went off in my bedroom so I got dressed and went out on the porch on the third floor,” said Joseph Grenier. “I saw my neighbor downstairs on the street and he told me to to get out of the house – the house is on fire.”

Photo: WPRI / Justin White

The Red Cross was on scene assisting those who will be forced from their home on the Thanksgiving holiday. Desmarais said at least six adults and several children were displaced.

According to Grenier, the Red Cross is putting some residents up in a hotel in Warwick for the next few days.

Desmarais said the home is currently inhabitable because there was extensive damage through the third floor and roof.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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