Woonsocket Mill Fire

June 8, 2011 by USA Post 

Woonsocket Mill FireWoonsocket Mill Fire, A large fire destroyed a factory of 112 years old in northern Rhode Island was contained by the morning, and firefighters said they allow the structure to be consumed on the ground. “Most of the building collapsed on itself,” said Deputy Chief Michael Richardson The Associated Press last week. “We have surrounded and just wet down and around the building.” Firefighters from up to 15 departments in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is called to a fire in the former Alice Mills rubber manufacturing plant in Woonsocket at 7:30 pm Tuesday. Alice Mills, a few kilometers from the border state of Massachusetts, was once considered the largest manufacturer of rubber products in the world.

A firefighter was injured in a fall, said Richardson. His name and condition were not immediately released. The smoke from the fire could be seen 14 miles away in Providence as the fire spread quickly through the multi-story building rose to eight alarms. It burned the whole building and causing the roof of the structure of 217,000 square feet of collapse.

Richardson said firefighters are not speculating on a cause of the fire, and had not been able to get close enough to start your research.

“There will be many trucks on the scene throughout the day, and we will put the fire spot and hot spots and trying to help researchers make their way into the building,” said Richardson.

Residents of about 10 houses in two streets near the plant were evacuated, and power was reduced to about 800 homes and businesses nearby.

The electrical network spokeswoman Deborah Drew said firefighters wanted to ensure that firefighters had secure access to the area around the mill building.

Power was fully restored by 7 am Wednesday and people left their homes again.

In its heyday, Alice Mills 2000 employees, and during the Second World War made barrage balloons and rubber boats attack. The factory was later the home manufacturer Plastic Technology Industries, later known as Portola Tech, which left the building in 2009.

Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine said the building was built in 1889 in a seven-hectare site, was recently acquired by the Center for Wood Pellet Corp.

Woonsocket is located 14 miles north of Providence and is two miles from the Massachusetts state line.

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