Rhode Island News

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Smoky fire delays Providence mall opening

A smoky truck fire inside the loading dock delayed the Tuesday morning opening of the Providence Place Mall as the mall’s sprinkler system and fire crews worked to knock down the blaze, then ventilated smoke from the garage and the mall itself. “Engine companies came in to the north loading dock of the parking garage, stretched hand lines off their truck and controlled the fire, along with the sprinkler system,” said Acting Deputy Assistant Providence Fire Chief Kevin Jutras. “There was a significant amount of smoke that had to be evacuated.” There were no injuries, Jutras said, and he ordered the opening of the mall delayed until 10 A.M. to give the ventilation system a chance to rid the smoke from the building. “A parking garage like this below the mall and throughout the rest of the mall has a carbon monoxide smoke exhaust system. That system, along with the positive pressure fans that we deployed were able to remove the smoke from the parking garage and the upper levels of the parking garage above us.”
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Cranston man helping with California wildfire relief

A Cranston man who moved to California at the beginning of this year is experiencing the wildfires first hand. The safari he works at was destroyed and he's now doing what he can to help his new community recover. Will Demers says seeing the wildfires in real life is nothing like what we see on TV. A lot of his friends and coworkers have lost everything so he started raising money and buying supplies. He's even gotten help from Rhode Islanders. As the Woolsey Fire rages on in California, a Rhode Island native has a front row seat to the devastation. "Flames reaching 50 feet in the air and spreading at outrageous rates, going over 80,000 acres. It’s so scary and so surreal to watch,” says Demers. He grew up in Cranston and moved out to California in January. He works as a tour guide at a popular wine safari in Malibu. Parts of the ranch there were torched in the fires.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

East Greenwich files complaint against State Labor Relations Board

The town filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court last week after learning about alleged ethical violations and conflicts of interest on the State Labor Relations Board. These alleged violations, according to Town Manager Gayle Corrigan, have prevented East Greenwich from receiving it’s right to a fair hearing and due process. The town had appeared before the State Labor Relations Board on Oct. 30 to defend an unfair labor practice complaint filed by the Firefighters Union, Local 3328. Before Corrigan was to testify, however, the town learned of a legal relationship between one of the board’s members and the union’s lawyer, Attorney Elizabeth Wiens. Wiens, an East Greenwich resident, also represents the Providence Firefighters Union, Local 799. State Labor Relations Board Member Derek Silva serves as the president of Local 799. According to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission, this relationship should have prohibited him participating in this matter.

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