2016-09-01 / Front Page

Children, Officers Injured in Middletown Fire

[updated Sept 5, 11:45 a.m.]

A seven-year old Middletown boy has died from a fire that broke out in Middletown late Sunday night. Three children and five Middletown police officers were injured in the fire.

Ramon Arroyo succumbed to his injuries and passed away at Hasbro hospital at about 5:30 Monday morning. His 16-year-old sister, Cheyanne Arroyo was treated and released from Newport Hospital. His 14-year-old sister, Leilaney Arroyo is being treated at Hasbro hospital.

Middletown Police Officer Brendan Behan was on patrol around midnight when he saw smoke coming from 566 East Main Road, said police. Officer Behan forced entry into the building and was able to remove two juvenile females from the residence. The Middletown Fire Department arrived and was able to remove one male juvenile from the building. They were able to extinguish the fire and determined that there were no other people inside the building.

The three occupants of the home were transported to Newport Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro for treatment. Five Middletown police officers were treated and released from Newport hospital for minor injuries due to smoke inhalation. The condition of the victims is unknown, said police.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Newport Police, Portsmouth Police, Newport Fire, Naval Fire, Portsmouth Fire, Tiverton Fire, Jamestown Fire and State Police all assisted with mutual aid efforts.

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