Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Four Alarm Fire Ravages Rehoboth Foundry
Shortly after eight on Wednesday morning Rehoboth "443" dispatched stations to a possible explosion & fire at the G&W Foundry building at 128 Bay State Road. Heavy smoke billowed into the morning air while members responded shortly thereafter first arriving companies found the large one story brick & wood "L" shaped commercial building heavily involved. The incident commander requested a second alarm structural assignment and the third alarm for tankers the request was filled by Bristol County Control as a command post and staging area were setup at the neighboring Blanding Library. Due to a lack of hydrants in the area Seekonk engine three arrived and began drafting from Village Pond to maintain some sort of water supply at the scene. The chief arrived and requested a Tier One Hazardous Material Response due to unknown chemicals involved along with the Massachusetts State Fire Rehab & Incident Support Units & Providence Canteen. Firefighters from Seekonk, Swansea, Plainville, Dartmouth, Somerset, Attleboro, Westport, East Providence, Warren, & Raynham work to extinguish the fire which they did in about two hours. The building was a total loss and collapsed, a local wrecking company arrived to assist in an extensive overhaul operation that went into the evening. No injuries were reported during the fire however several area schools were locked down due to the smoke. The fire is under investigation but is believed to have been caused by one of the employees mixing two different chemicals.