Four fire fighters hospitalized following blaze in Providence

Photo Courtesy Greg Kras

Four firefighters are hospitalized with serious injuries following a three alarm fire at 51 Job St. Saturday night.

Authorities responded to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Fire fighters tell NBC-10 that the blaze, which began on the third floor of an apartment building, spread heavily to the loft. The flames collapsed part of the building's roof and chimney.

According to Assistant Chief Scott Mello, when the roof started caving in, a large amount of hot gases was blown back onto responding firefighters. They got burned to their neck and face and ear area, says Mello. Three firefighters were transported to Rhode Island Hospital for burn injuries. A fourth fire fighter was transported as well, for shoulder injury. Fire authorities say all injuries are serious but non-life threatening.

Providence fire officials tell NBC-10 that residents have been displaced following the flames, though they are still determining how many. There are no reports of injuries of anyone living at the address.

Providence firefighters were able to knock down the flames after about 45 minutes. They say that wind conditions and high tension wires posed challenges when dousing the blaze.

NBC-10 will have more information on our 11 p.m. broadcast.

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