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Fire leaves six homeless

March 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A fire heavily damaged a two-family house at 747 Main. St. on Monday night and displaced six tenants.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal, said the call came in at around 9:30 p.m. He said the blaze apparently started on the third floor of the two-family house in an area that functioned partly as an attic and also contained bedrooms that were part of the second floor apartment. He said the fire burnt a large section of the roof and caused damage to the third floor.
The house was deemed uninhabitable and all six tenants of the owner-occupied house were forced to find alternative lodging, Parent said. The Red Cross was called in to provide assistance, he added.
Parent said the cause of the fire appears to have been electrical, but the incident is still under investigation. He said that all of the tenants were able to get out safely and no one was injured battling the blaze.
The house was physically connected to the former Emond Oil company building that was heavily damaged last month after a large portion of its roof collapsed under the weight of snow, ice and rain. Parent said, however, that the house was not owned by the Emond Oil company and was under private ownership.
In a separate incident, firefighters responded to a car fire inside a garage at 133 Webster St. early Tuesday morning.
According to a fire official, the call came in at about 5:45 a.m. for a blaze in the garage that serves the Webster Place condominium complex. The fire apparently had started in a car and the blaze was restricted to that car and the garage area.
No one was injured and the fire is under investigation.

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