Rhode Island News

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Cranston home damaged by reignited fireworks

A family of four is cleaning out what’s left of their belongings after a pile of fireworks they had set off reignited, setting their Cranston home on fire Monday night. The Rhode Island state fire marshal said the family had put used fireworks into a cardboard box when they relit. The marshal said no one was hurt but the home on Legion Way is not livable. “Losing your home over fireworks is sad,” said the family's neighbor, Debbie Leclerc. According to Rhode Island law, only hand-held sparklers can be used by the general public, 16 years old and older. Cranston police said while the investigation is ongoing, the family told them they bought legal fireworks at Walmart. “These houses are all close together so it could have easily spread to one of the other houses and thank god nobody got hurt,” said Joe Morenzi, a neighbor.
WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Fireworks may have sparked South Providence house fire, official says

A house fire that displaced 13 people on the Fourth of July may have been caused by fireworks, according to a fire official on scene. The call came in just after 10 p.m. Monday from Harvard Avenue in South Providence. Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Steve Capracotta said people were setting off fireworks in the neighborhood when they believe the home was hit and caught fire. Crews arrived to find the second floor on fire, Capracotta said, but everyone inside was able to make it out safely. Fireworks could be heard going off in the distance as firefighters worked to knock down the flames. “Be careful with fireworks, that’s all I want to say. You don’t want to burn somebody out of their house,” Capracotta told 12 News. “Luckily, we had no injuries, we were able to get here quick,” he added.
WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

Firefighters knock down apartment fire in Providence

The Providence Fire Department responded to an apartment fire early Tuesday morning. Crews responded after 4:00 a.m. to an apartment building on Shiloh Street. Investigators believe the fire started in the attic of a vacant apartment. As a result of the fire, two people were displaced in the adjacent apartment. The Red Cross is assisting those people. Deputy Assistant Chief Steve Capacotta says responding crews saw flames on the roof. He says the apartment was vacant and most efforts went to evacuating residents. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence

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