Rhode Island News

Friday, July 13, 2018

Crews battle scrap metal fire in Providence

A large cloud of black smoke could be seen as drivers traveled by the Thurbers Avenue Exit of Route 95 Friday morning. A scrap metal fire broke out just before 7:30 a.m. in the area of 420 Allens Avenue. There have been fires and smoky conditions at this same location in the past.
Fox Providence

Dog’s barking awakens Warwick resident to fire

A dog is being credited with helping a Warwick resident escape a fire early Friday morning. Battalion Chief Marc Lamiroy said the dog’s barking woke up a sleeping resident of an Abbott Avenue home when the fire broke out, helping the man get out with only a minor injury. “He did good,” Lamiroy said of the pooch. “He loved all the firemen and all the people.” Firefighters had put out the blaze, centered in the back of the home, within about 20 minutes. One cat survived, but one died from smoke inhalation on the second floor, Lamiroy said.
Providence Journal

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cumberland Fire Dept.’s message: We’re going to be fine

The Cumberland Fire Department is better off today as one combined district than it was years ago as four separate ones, say some fire officials, and they contend that financial numbers prove it. District Finance Director Diane Karolyshyn, at a June 26 meeting to update Fire Board members, said her in-depth analysis of the four separate districts and the combined district, with 4-percent average tax rate increases built in for each over the past four years, adds up to a merger savings of about $3.73 million. But Commissioners Paul Santoro and Jim Scullin disputed that the district is in a good position, Santoro saying the numbers presented by Karolyshyn and former Chairman Bruce Lemois were “pie in the sky."
Valley Breeze Papers

Providence fire union head applauds creation of national firefighter cancer registry

Recent research has shown that firefighters have a higher risk of being diagnosed with certain types of cancer. This week, President Donald Trump signed into law an order requiring the creation of a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters. Paul Doughty, a Providence firefighter on the city's squad of arson investigators, and the president of the city's chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters union said Wednesday he's excited to see fire departments getting help tracking the issue. Doughty's hope is that a correlation can be found, better treatment can follow, and one day, firefighters might be prevented from getting some cancers that could potentially have been exacerbated while they were fighting fires.
WPRI-TV Providence

Cumberland Fire District commissioner enters Alford plea in assault case from October

Paul Santoro, a first-term commissioner with the Cumberland Fire District and former challenger to Rep. Mia Ackerman in House District 45, covering Cumberland and Lincoln, entered a misdemeanor Alford plea to assault and battery charges in Superior Court Tuesday. Santoro had been facing felony charges related to accusations he shoved a firefighter into a hot grill last fall. An Alford plea is a no contest plea of a defendant who proclaims he is innocent of the crime, and differs from the standard nolo contendre (no contest) plea in that it doesn’t state that there are sufficient findings of guilt, according to Santoro’s attorney, John Harwood.
Valley Breeze Papers

Child, 5 adults displaced by Providence fire

A fire broke out at a Providence home Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said flames erupted at a house on California Avenue. NBC 10 News was told the fire started with a mattress in a bedroom. Arson investigators were at the scene. While no one was hurt five adults and one child have been displaced. The residents are now receiving assistance from the Red Cross.
WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence

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