Firefighting

Eight Taken to Hospital After Providence Fire

Eight people were taken to the hospital, three with smoke inhalation, after a fire ravaged a two-family home, reports the Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1wDfQlE)

Flames were pouring out of the second-floor window when fire crews first arrived around 11:50 a.m., said Providence Fire Chief Daniel Crowley.

Firefighters rescued one man who was hanging out of the third floor window to escape the flames and two more people from windows. Another five people who were home when the fire started were able to escape out the front door.

The three people rescued by firefighters were suffering from “pretty serious” smoke inhalation, Crowley said. The five others were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The building did not have a fire escape.