Rhode Island News

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Firefighter hurt battling Woonsocket business fire

Crews arrived at a Privilege Street commercial building late Monday morning to find thick, black smoke billowing into the air. The call came in around 10:30 a.m. and required mutual aid from several surrounding communities. "On arrival, crews were presented with heavy smoke coming out the ventilation system through the processing plant as well as some smoke coming out of the roof," said Woonsocket Fire Chief Paul Shatraw. "We immediately called for additional resources due to the size and the complexity of the building and we called for at least a third alarm initially and went to a fourth alarm to get the resources on route to the facility." Shatraw said the building is a combination facility - one part is storage from a trucking company and the other is occupied by a manufacturing facility that makes what he called a "natural fiber type material."
WPRI 12 News

Monday, May 21, 2018

In Providence, firefighters rehearse for worst-case rescues

A person impaled on an iron fence, trapped under a concrete barrier, crushed inside a car rammed under a cement truck, even pulled into heavy machinery — these scenes would make an ordinary person cringe. Firefighters don’t have the luxury to turn away. This weekend, 60 firefighters from New England to South Carolina trained in how to conduct difficult rescues, where lifting and stabilizing trees, vehicles and other heavy objects are necessary to getting victims out alive. All of the scenes set up outside American Safety Programs & Training Inc. were drawn from real scenarios encountered by firefighters, said owner Albert Peterson, a retired North Providence fire captain. “God forbid they have to use it,” Peterson said, “but if they do, they can save a life.” Auggie Matt, of Take the Door Training in Syracuse, N.Y., led firefighters in a scenario of a person impaled on a fence — using a backboard to hold the person in place as they cut away the section of the fence. From there, they would transport the person to the hospital, where surgeons would remove the fence from the body.
Providence Journal - Metered Site

Police recover Providence Fire Department ambulance stolen from Hospital

A Providence Fire Department ambulance has been recovered undamaged after police say a man stole it from outside the Emergency Department at Rhode Island Hospital and drove it to Connecticut. Providence Police Major David Lapatin said Johnny Kimbrough of Providence has been taken into custody by Connecticut State Police after they stopped him on Interstate 95 driving Providence Rescue 6. A police report says Rhode Island Hospital security saw the suspect get into the ambulance and drive away after firefighters unloaded a patient into the triage area. The fire captain went back outside to find the vehicle missing. Lapatin said the car was left running and unattended.
Fox Providence

Crews battle house fire in East Providence

Fire badly damaged an East Providence home early Sunday night. An Eyewitness News crew was on the scene on Brightridge Avenue and Lena Street shortly before seven o'clock as firefighters extinguished the flames. The home had visible damage to the backside and several floors, including a garage where a charred vehicle remained. There's no word tonight on what caused the fire, nor if anyone was injured.
WPRI-TV Providence 12

Update: North Providence police seek help in arson investigation of February fire

North Providence police are asking for help to identify a person of interest in a February house fire that police said was deliberately set. Police released a picture Friday of a car spotted driving away from the scene of the fire on Sherwood Avenue on February 24. According to police, the witness who took the picture reported seeing a 6-foot-tall male with a medium build get into a silver Honda Civic moments after the fire started. The witness said the person was wearing dark-colored clothes and headgear that covered his face. Police said there were people in the house when the fire started, but no one was injured.
WPRI-TV Providence 12

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