3 rescued in Rhode Island home explosion
The explosion occurred on Mineral Spring Avenue just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“She said it sounded like an earthquake. It was a loud explosion, the house shook,” said resident Eselda Major.
Her daughter’s family escaped unhurt from the first floor of the home after the triple decker exploded. She said her daughter’s boyfriend went back in to help others trapped inside.
“Checked to see if anyone was on the second floor, kicked the door down, nobody was there. Then we went upstairs and another guy got them out upstairs, then I grabbed the baby and went outside,” said Eric Silva.
The other person who ran to help was off-duty Providence firefighter Jermaine Woods. He happened to be in the area celebrating his dad’s birthday.
“The man trying to get to them, and then, he covers them so nothing happens to them,” neighbor Anny Alvarez said.
Three people on the third floor were rescued: a baby, a woman and a man, who was the most badly hurt.
“They were doing some cooking. The dad who was in the area has third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebein.
While firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading, they say the help from Good Samaritans really saved the day.
“There’s good in all people and I think all people act and perform in a heroic effort whenever other people are in danger” said Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson.
There was no immediate word on a cause.