5th floor fire extinguished at Providence high-rise apartment complex

  • Source: The Providence Journal
  • Published: 10/04/2019 09:44 AM

Fire broke out Friday morning in a high-rise apartment building with no sprinklers, but the damage was largely contained to a single unit. Carroll Tower is an elderly-only public housing complex managed by the Providence Housing Authority. In August, The Journal reported that Carroll Tower was among several Housing Authority buildings that did not have sprinkler systems. Melissa Sanzaro, executive director of the Providence Housing Authority, said Friday that Carroll Tower is among the next two Housing Authority buildings scheduled to get sprinklers. A resident of the building, Juan Figueroa, said the fire started in his unit on the fifth floor around 11:30 a.m. In an interview in Spanish, Figueroa said he had just returned from food shopping, had put some things in the refrigerator and gone to the community room to eat. He was there when a friend came and told him about the fire.


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