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City man in critical condition after fire at Burns Manor

February 16, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A 62-year-old city man remains in critical condition after being injured in an early morning fire Thursday in his apartment at Burns Manor.
Pawtucket Police identified the victim as Richard Rak, who lived in apartment D 102 in the housing complex located at 95 Park St. Rak suffered second- and third-degree burns to his upper torso and is in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital's Trauma Center.
According to Fire Capt. Robert F.Thurber, Jr., the city's fire marshal, an alarm was received at 5:43 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the blaze in Rak's apartment fully involved. Firefighters forced entry into the apartment, where they discovered Rak and extricated him so that emergency personnel could treat him, Thurber said.
Rescue personnel first transported Rak to the Memorial Hospital emergency room and then brought him to the Trauma Center.
The fire was contained to Rak's apartment unit but caused some smoke damage in the corridor outside. There was heavy damage to Rak's room and its contents, Thurber added.
While firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, all of the building's tenants were evacuated to the community room. They were allowed to return to their apartments at around 3 p.m., Thurber said.
As of Friday, the cause of the fire remained under investigation.
The 92-unit public housing complex for senior citizens is operated by the city through the Pawtucket Housing Authority.

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