New photos: Warren firefighters at scene of four-tenement fire
Warren firefighters fought a stubborn, smoky fire on Arlington Avenue Friday morning, working to contain a fully involved blaze that a witness said started on the third floor of a four-tenement apartment building at 7 Arlington Avenue just around 10 a.m.
Firefighters had to use several ladder trucks to fight the blaze, which caused heavy fire, smoke and water damage to the large white vinyl-clad building.
Though Fire CHief James Sousa was busy directing fire fighting efforts, a third-floor tenant told responders that he walked out of his apartment and saw sparks arcing from several light switches. He and the other occupants managed to get out of the house safely while 911 was called.
Dozens of fire fighters from Warren, Bristol and Tiverton responded to the fire, closing off Arlington Avenue from Market to Child while they fought the fire. Tenants sat in several adjacent yards watching the work, one of them carrying a baby. Traffic backed up along Child and other surrounding streets as passers-by were forced to take detours.
"It was going pretty good," said Paul Marabello, a witness who lives further down Arlington Avenue. "The fire was coming way out the top" of the roofline.
Even after the main portion of the fire was extinguished, fire fighters continued to douse it with water as small pockets of fire continued to smolder under the home's roofline and eaves.
Tax records indicate the tenement is owned by Julianna Sophia Lopes.
We will share more information as we gather reports at the scene.