10-31-2013 Lincoln, Rhode Island - blackstonevalley

Thursday, October 31, 2013 Lincoln, Rhode Island

General Alarm (6) For The Vacant "Lonsdale Bleachery"

At About 17:15 On A Rainy Halloween Evening Lincoln Fire Alarm Dispatched Apparatus To 1 Carrington Street For A Reported Structure Fire. Lonsdale & Saylesville Firefighters Arrived Within Minutes And Immediately Transmitted A Second Alarm With Heavy Smoke Showing From The Second Floor Of Building Two Also Known As The "Dry Can Building" In The Former Lonsdale Bleachery Mill Complex. The Two Story "L" Shaped Building Has Been Vacant For Years And Is In Various States Of Decay Including A Large Hole In The Second Floor From A Previous Fork Lift Accident. The Building Which Was Constructed In 1903 Is Separated From Building One (The Calender Packing & Tenter Building) A Three Story Brick Mill & Building Three A Two Story Mill By Fire Walls, Both Buildings Were Constructed In 1902. Building Two Also Has A Catwalk That Links To Building Five, Fire Extended To That Building Via The Catwalk, Building Five Is A Two Story Brick And Heavy Timber Framed Mill To The Rear Which Was Also Constructed In 1902. Fire Began Burning Thru The Roof Then Also Self Vented From Floors One & Two And Rapidly Took Hold Of The Building As Saylesville Ladder 51 & Albion Ladder 20 Arrived And Setup Ladder Pipes. A Fourth Alarm Was Transmitted As Lonsdale Squad 4 & Quinnville Engine 76 Setup A Draft Operation On The Former Bleachery Pond And Saylesville Engine 56 Setup A Draft On The Blackstone Canal To Provide A Adequate Water Supply For The Larger Exterior Attack Lines Due To The Pressure On The Mill Yard Hydrants. Exposure Protection Became A Severe Issue With Building Eight, The Former Dye House Now Occupied By "Ryco Lace" Just Feet Away, Portable Guns & Blitz Fires Were Setup Along With A Collapse Zone As A Fifth Alarm Was Struck. Radiant Heat Ignited The Exterior Of Building Nineteen The Former Machine Shop, A One Story Brick & Wood Building Now Occupied By The Rhode Island Ventilation Company. The Collapse Zone & Man Made Sluiceway Hampered Initial Efforts To Protect That Building From Fire. Firefighters Forced Entry And Mounted An Aggressive Interior Attack Containing That Fire Before It Could Extend To The Attached Building Twenty, The Former Blacksmith Shop Also Own By Rhode Island Ventilation Which Contains A Large Variety Of Highly Combustible Materials. Heavy Fire And Embers Lit Up The Night Sky Above The Thirty Acre, Thirty Two Building Complex. The Sixth Alarm Was Sounded As Dozens Of Firefighters From Central Falls, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Johnston, Providence, Pawtucket & Smithfield Assisted The Six Fire Districts That Protect the Lives And Property Of The Town Of Lincoln In The Operation That Lasted Well Into The Following Morning. Members Held A Majority Of The Fire To The Building Of Origin Which Was Destroyed, Only Minor Fire Damage Was Reported To The Surrounding Buildings. Smithfield Fire Sent Engine One & Two To The Scene, While Operating At The Scene A Two Alarm Fire Broke Out In Their Town At 7 Thornton Street In The Greystone District, Mutual Aid Responded To That Scene. Shortly After Pawtucket Units Cleared The Scene Numerous Call Began To Be Received For A Reported Structure Fire At 433 Weeden Street, Crews Arrived To A Fully Involved Vehicle With A Exposure Problem. That Fire was Quickly Controlled. The Cause Of The Mill Fire Is Currently Under Investigation By Lincoln Police, Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, & ATF. A Fire watch Remained At The Site Into The Weekend Controlling Hot Spots. One Firefighter And One Member Of The Providence Canteen Was Transported With Injuries Of Unknown Extent.

First Alarm:

Lonsdale Engine 4, Lonsdale Squad 4, Lime Rock Engine 32, Saylesville Ladder 51, Rescue 4

Second Alarm:

Manville Engine 1, Quinnville Engine 76, Albion Engine 24, Saylesville Engine 56, Albion Ladder 20, Rescue 2

Special Call:

Valley Falls Truck 1, Valley Falls Engine 1, Central Falls Engine 2, Central Falls Ladder 1

Fourth Alarm:

Manville Engine 10, Pawtucket Engine 5, Smithfield Engine 2, Woonsocket Engine 2

Fifth Alarm:

Johnston Engine 2, Providence Engine 12, Providence Ladder 4, Woonsocket Tower Ladder 2

Special Call:

North Providence Rescue 2, Smithfield Medic 2, Smithfield Engine 1

Special Call:

Pawtucket Engine 2

Special Call:

Pawtucket Rescue, Cumberland Rescue

Sixth Alarm:

Millville Engine 1, North Providence Engine 3, Cranston Ladder 2

Manville Chief 1

Albion Chief 2

Lime Rock Chief 3

Lonsdale Chief 4

Saylesville Chief 5

Quinnville Chief 7

Valley Falls Chief 1

Central Falls Battalion Chief

Pawtucket Battalion 1

Providence Battalion 3

Pawtucket Car 3

Pawtucket Car 4

Providence Canteen 1

Cumberland Hill Air Supply

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