Fire displaces 9 adults, 4 children from Providence apartment house


    Providence firefighters respond to an apartment house on Linwood Avenue, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (WJAR)

    Providence firefighters had to battle the cold early Saturday while trying to put out a fire in an apartment house.

    Crews were called to the building on Linwood Avenue at about 4:30 a.m.

    Acting Deputy Chief Jason Houle told NBC 10 News that flames were coming from the top of the building when they arrived.

    "We also had a report of mother and child missing from the second floor, so companies did a primary research," said Houle.

    Everyone got out safely and was accounted for. Some of the displaced residents found temporary shelter from the cold with a next-door neighbor.

    "My tenant gave them permission to come inside because it's too cold, 10 degrees or something like that, too cold," said Carlos Vargas, who owns the house next door to where the fire broke out.

    The weather proved challenging to firefighters as everything that was wet turned to ice.

    "We did have an issue with a hydrant initially, so companies made a good push. We had to stand down until we got water from the hydrant," said Houle.

    The American Red Cross was helping the nine adults and four children without a place to stay.

    The cause of the fire was not immediately known.



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