BURRILLVILLE â€” A newspaper carrier for The Call called 911 and helped wake up a man after noticing his home on Chapel Street was on fire during his morning route Sunday.
Nicholas Belanger, 29, a Call carrier for the past 10 years, was dropping off bundles of newspapers at the Liâ€™l General store just after 2 a.m. Sunday when he spotted smoke and flames coming from the back of a duplex located four house up the street at 451 Chapel St., which is located in heart of Harrisville village.
â€śI was doing a bundle drop and heard this crackling and popping sound like a campfire,â€ť said Belanger of Woonsocket. â€śSo, Iâ€™m looking around to find out where the heck itâ€™s coming from and then I see the corner of a house down the street all torched up.â€ť
Putting his own safety aside, Belanger called 911 then ran to the house - a duplex - and started banging on the left door. Although the house was built as a duplex, only one person was living inside - Ian C. Gianlorenzo, whose mother, Ann D. Carlsson, owns the home.
â€śI started knocking on the left door because the fire was on the left side in the back,â€ť he said. â€śI had no idea at the time that only the right side of duplex was occupied.â€ť
As he was banging on the door, a half-asleep, shirtless Gianlorenzo stumbled out the right door â€“ awoken by Belangerâ€™s yelling and knocks on the other door as well as phone call from a neighbor across the street who heard the commotion.
Belanger said Gianlorenzo looked up and saw the flames and then went back into the house to retrieve some belongings. He said he convinced Belanger to come back out until firefighters arrived.
Read the full story in Tuesday's newspaper.