PROVIDENCE, RI (CBS) – A Providence, Rhode Island fire captain is in critical condition after a fire on Eaton Street Thursday afternoon, WPRI reports.
The fire started at a triple decker and strong winds quickly spread the flames to buildings on both sides.READ MORE: Boston Police Shut Down Part Of South End Neighborhood For Investigation
The Providence Firefighters Union President tells WPRI Captain Joseph Fontaine was taken to Roger Williams Medical Center and was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital.READ MORE: Fall River Convenience Store Owner Shot Dead; Homicide Investigation Underway
Fontaine suffered a twisted ankle at the fire but when he was transported to the hospital, his blood pressure dropped. He is in his late 50s and has been with the department for 31 years. He is also a military veteran.
Providence College says 19 students were displaced in the fire.MORE NEWS: 'Best Small Cities In America': 8 Massachusetts Communities Make The Top 20 List
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.