Rhode Island Roof Collapse Just Misses Fire Fighters

Issue 9 and Volume 134.

Rhode Island Roof Collapse Just Misses Fire Fighters Fire fighters attacking a restaurant fire in North Kingstown, R.I., last April 27 were pulled from the concrete block and wood building just before the roof collapsed. When the air-conditioning and gas-fed heating equipment on the roof fell inside, the gas supply pipes broke and presented another serious problem. The fire had been reported at 10:12 p.m. by a passerby who saw smoke coming from Custy’s Restaurant. Initial response was two engines, a 100-foot aerial ladder truck, a rescue truck and a deputy chief. On arrival another engine was requested. The first engine stretched a 2½ -inch preconnected line to the front entrance and carried it into the main dining room and bar area. Fire was spreading rapidly. Shortly after the attack began, portions of the ceiling started falling. The lieutenant brought the line and personnel back out. Meanwhile the department chief…

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