Rhode Island’s Worst Disaster Since the Hurricane

Issue 6 and Volume 95.

Rhode Island’s Worst Disaster Since the Hurricane The worst forest fire that Rhode Island has yet experienced swept over better than fifty square miles of brush and woodland in the southwestern part of the state. Starting late in the afternoon of May 1, it was finally brought under control four days later. The fire, which was of an incendiary nature, was burning in as many as fifteen different places at once. It broke out in several places around Coventry and rose to such a height that by the morning of the next day there were about 1,000 men fighting the fire and an appeal was made by the Governor for all available men to volunteer their services. At noon the Governor had declared martial law for the area and the State Guard was posted on all roads leading into the area. There were close to 3.000 engaged in the battle,…

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