Pawtucket (RI) Police sighted heavy fire venting from an occupied 3-1/2 story apartment building on Cole Street on the morning of November 1, 2023. Engine 2 arrived to find heavy overlapping fire from the first floor to the eaves on the C/D corner. A third alarm was struck. There was a possible report of a handicapped elderly occupant on the first floor. Command struck a fourth alarm bringing mutual aid to the scene. Primary searches commenced under deteriorating conditions with no initial findings. The fire had made its way into the attic space and through the roof. Command pulled all companies out for a defensive posture until the fire was knocked down and safe for secondary searches. Unfortunately, the elderly occupant on the first floor perished.

– Fire News photo by Ken LaBelle