RI Firefighters Battle Eight-Alarm Mill Fire

Firefighters in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, fought a massive fire that burned through a 112-year-old mill on Tuesday, according to a report from the Associated Press.

One firefighter was injured and transported, reportedly for dehydration. No other injuries were reported.

Fire quickly spread through the multi-story building, which collapsed in on itself. Residents who lived on nearby streets were evacuated. Smoke from the fire could be seen up to 10 miles away.

Authorities stated all of Woonsocket’s 125 firefighters were on the scene, as well as the city’s police department. Nearby fire departments in Rhode Island and Massachusetts also sent firefighters.

The mill was the former home of the Alice Mills Rubber Manufacturing Plant.

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Firefighters Battle Huge Fire at Converted RI Mill

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Firefighters from several communities fought a large fire that ravaged a former mill that is being coverted into apartments in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, according to a report in the Providence Journal’s blog. Firefighters conducted defensive operations at the 450,000-square-foot structure, parts of which collapsed, and Pawtucket Chief WIlliam Sission commented that he was glad he did not commit firefighters to interior operations. Approximately 25 people were removed from the structure. Last year, the company involved with the conversion of the structure was fined after admitting to illegally allowing tenants to occupy apartments at the mill without proper fire protection.

Read more about the incident HERE. Read Firefighting Challenges in Converted Mills by David DeStefano, author of our regular Survival Zone column, On the Line.