03-02-2009 Pawtucket, Rhode Island - blackstonevalley

Monday, March 2, 2009 Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Pawtucket Firefighters Battle Fire & Ice

Around 04:00 Monday Morning Pawtucket Fire Alarm Dispatched Engine's 3,6,4 Ladder 2 and The Battalion Chief To 170 York Avenue for a reported structure fire. While crews responded fire alarm notified the chief of multiple calls being received thru 9-1-1 and the fill in assignment Engine 2, Tower 1 and Rescue 2 were sent out. Lieutenant Carroll reported a fully involved mill building as Engine 3 was approaching the scene and transmitted a second alarm on arrival, Mutual aid Box 2826 was struck for station coverage at that point. Incident command arrived and ordered fireground operations to remain defensive while fire consumed the one story gym type structure and threatened the exposure four building which is a two story metal clad commercial building with a tin roof. Ladder 2 arrived and setup a ladder pipe on side one while Tower 1 setup on side four and setup to flow water, Engine's 3 & 2 also played water onto the fire via deckguns. Car 4 (Safety) reported heavy fire extension in one of the commercial establishments in the exposure building and requested manpower to side four, Providence Ladder 4 who was on the cover assignment was special called and setup a additional ladder pipe on side one. Members started opening up the businesses on side four and uncovered several which were well involved with vehicles also involved and additional handlines were stretched for extinguishment as the wall on side two collapsed in. Firefighters made great progress knocking down the heavy volume fire in about two hours in the extreme weather conditions, Incident command requested callbacks to man reserve apparatus due to the extended overhaul operation which lasted well into the day.

The exposure building was the scene of a two alarm fire on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 and had since reopened for business, Pawtucket Fire Prevention and The State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause but have the owner of the gym in custody and have charged him with arson, No injuries were reported during the incident.

Engine 3 cleared the scene at 10:28 and was dispatched back to investigate smoke from the building shortly before 19:00 the report was unfounded. Engine 3 & Engine 6 were dispatched back again at 23:48 for a small fire on side four called in by the police detail.

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