Crews battle early morning house fire in Lincoln

Crews battle early morning house fire in Lincoln

LINCOLN – Eleven families were displaced early New Year's Day after a Lincoln apartment building caught fire.

Lincoln Police responded to reports of a porch fire at the Eagle apartment complex at 81 Spring St. in Manville around 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.

According to a release, responding units arrived within two minutes of the initial call and found heavy smoke conditions in the building, and an active fire on one of the exterior porches spreading to the main structure.

Fire personnel escorted several residents to safety from inside the six-unit building.

At one point during the fire, a ladder company from the Albion Fire Department used an aerial ladder to extract a man from a second-floor porch, according to the release.

Members of the Rhode Island State Fire Marshalls Office responded, along with investigators from the Lincoln Police Department to investigate the scene. The Red Cross was also dispatched to assist the displaced residents. Lodging accommodations were provided for the residents, which included eleven families, with 20 adults and 10 children impacted.

"It does appear from the initial investigation that the fire did start from an exterior porch on one of the units, although the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation," said Lincoln Police Capt. Philip Gould. "Further information will be provided when available."

The building has been determined to be unsafe and uninhabitable and is currently being secured.

Fire Districts from Manville, Albion, Limerock and Saylesville responded, as well as fire companies from Central Falls, Cumberland, Woonsocket, and Engine 7 from the Quinnville Fire District.

Gould said the fire was brought under control in less than an hour despite the difficult icy conditions.

Gould commended fire personnel for the "fantastic job" done on-scene last night.

"The conditions were extremely difficult with all of the ice, but remarkably there were no reported injuries to any of the residents or first responders. We would also like to thank and acknowledge the North Smithfield and Central Falls Fire Departments for providing station coverage while the units on scene battled the fire," he said.