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Fire rips through home in Woonsocket

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. -

Investigators said Monday that careless disposal of a cigarette caused a fire that damaged a triple-decker in Woonsocket.

Flames shot from the multifamily home on South Main Street at about noon Sunday.

No one was seriously hurt.

"Upon arrival, there were people jumping out the side of the building. Engine companies and ladder companies assisted in making sure everybody got out of the building," Woonsocket Fire Department Acting Chief Timothy Walsh said.

Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation; two were transported to Landmark Medical Center.

And if not for the bravery of neighbor Michael Ptaszek, this could have turned into quite a tragedy.

Ptaszek told NBC 10 that he just did what his instincts told him to do, and residents of the now burnt out home are extremely grateful.

Scott Tucker, who lived on the first floor, said Ptaszek's actions saved his family,

"My mom and the babies were home and my mom was in the shower so she had no idea what was going on and the kids ran out of the house and a man next door ran up through the back and told everybody to get out. He saved my family's life," Tucker said.

The Red Cross said it is helping 18 people from three families with housing, food and clothing.

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