A family of three was rescued after a home exploded on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket Tuesday morning.
A mother, father and their infant child were pulled from the blaze by a good samaritan and an off-duty fire fighter. The man suffered third degree burns over 70% of his body, the six-month old infant was burned but is not critical and the mother is expected to be ok.
Off-duty firefighter Jermaine Woods went into the blaze and along with the help of the first floor tenant was able to rescue the family. Woods was nearby at his fathers house when he heard the explosion and rushed to the scene.
With the help of the first floor tenant Woods, a 22-year veteran, assigned to Engine Company 14 on Federal Hill, made his way to the third floor where they discovered the family.
Woods removed the shirt off his back to cover the unclothed infant and protect the baby from the flames. The first floor tenant assisted the father who suffered from severe burns while Woods helped the mother and infant escape.
Neighbors said that they felt the ground shake during the explosion and nearby residents are evacuated.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Mineral Spring Avenue between Hope Street and Lorraine Street will remain closed until further notice. Police say the home is a public safety hazard and needs to be destroyed.