Blast Destroys 230 Cars
An explosion of gasoline, believed to have been caused by a workman’s torch, started a fire in the automobile warehouses of Frank Crook, Inc., Valley Falls, R. I., and destroyed over 230 new and used cars. Three workmen were injured and property valued at $200,000 destroyed.
Within five minutes after the department had responded with two companies in command of Chief John A. Savage, the entire south end of the twostory wood frame and corrugated steel structure, was in flames. Outside aid was called and Chief Frank Callahan responded with three pieces of apparatus from Central Falls, and Chief Taupier, Pawtucket came with two pumpers and a hose car. Aid was also sent by Fairlawn-Lincoln. Savlesville. Cumberland Hill, Attleboro and Limerock.
There were periodic explosions of gasoline in the tanks of the automobiles. Sheet metal falling front the roof caused slight injury to some of the firemen.
Frank Charlesworth, State Fire Marshal. was at the scene.
Only a change in the direction of the wind, saved a number of homes near the burning building. Volunteer workers rushed about with pails of water to extinguish burning embers.
The fire was the worst in the history of Valley Falls.