Firefighters responded to the Bouvier Avenue (RI) home in Lincoln on February 26, 2024, and found heavy fire showing from the front second- and third-floor porches. Second and third alarms were transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from Woonsocket, Cumberland, Smithfield, Providence and Central Falls. A woman who lived on the third floor was trapped and was forced to jump from the building. Neighbors ran inside the first-floor apartment, retrieved a mattress and brought it outside so she could land on it. A neighbor said, “We held a mattress up and told her, ‘Jump, don’t worry we’ll catch you.’ I had no other thoughts in my mind other than to help her get down.” The woman was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with a significant leg injury. He also said two residents who lived on the second floor suffered minor burns and were treated by first responders. The building has been deemed a total loss. The American Red Cross was helping six residents – five adults and one child – who were displaced.

– Fire News photo by Matt Gregoire