PROVIDENCE – A three-alarm fire at a multi-family home on Armington Avenue on Friday night displaced eight people, including a pregnant woman, and killed at least four dogs, according to the city’s deputy fire chief Steve Capracotta.
Before the night was over, he said, town firefighters had rescued a man “who was dragging the widow from the second floor to the Armington Avenue side. He was waving for help. There was fire and smoke behind him “.
Capracotta said the man was taken down a ladder and headed for an ambulance.
âHe said he was fine,â Capracotta said. “He crossed the street, took a bottle of water and left.”
In total, he said, there appeared to be three adults and five children in the house, according to the Red Cross report the day after. Capracotta said the pregnant woman and her children went out on their own.
Two firefighters were treated at the scene and two more were taken to Rhode Island hospital suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.
The only firefighter detained overnight for observation was to be released on Saturday, Public Security Commissioner Steven ParÃ© told the Journal on Saturday.
Early television reports indicated that the fire appeared to have started in a kitchen on the second floor. On Saturday, Capracotta said investigators were still reconstructing the cause of the fire and where it started around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Capracotta said the blaze was made worse by the asphalt shingles, which firefighters describe as “gasoline siding” because they burn quickly.
He said the firefighters on the scene had done a “tremendous job” to prevent the blaze from spreading to other homes nearby, he said. “It’s an achievement in itself.”
With the roof collapsed, he described the building as a total loss.
Red Cross spokeswoman Jocelyn Hillary said the agency provided immediate financial assistance for emergency food and shelter to three adults and five children displaced by the fire.