Rhode Island News

Friday, February 15, 2019

Warwick mayor confirms acting fire chief Fontenault to retire

Through one of his spokeswomen, Mayor Joseph Solomon confirmed Wednesday that Acting Fire Chief Marcel Fontenault has submitted his letter of retirement. No additional information, such as when Fontenault submitted the letter, when he would leave or who would now head the department, was made available. Calls to Fontenault were not returned. Fontenault stepped into the post during a period of change in administrations. Hardly a month earlier, then-Mayor Scott Avedisian announced he would resign after serving 18 years to head the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. This put City Council President Joseph Solomon in the role of acting mayor. Within days of Avedisian’s announcement, Fire Chief James McLaughlin said he would retire in May as well. When McLaughlin accelerated that action, Fontenault took on the job of presenting the department budget to the City Council.
Warwick Beacon

First responders save mother and baby in Cumberland house fire

Cumberland Firefighters have a 3-alarm fire at a High Street home under control after battling the flames for several hours. The call came in just after 12:00 p.m. for a house fire at 237 High Street in Cumberland. Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay said no one was injured in the fire, and that police saved a tenant and child trapped on the second floor."It could have been a very different set of circumstances," said James McLaughlin, (D) District 57. "But these guys do a great job and they're to be commended." An unconscious dog was rescued from the home, and later revived at an animal hospital.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cranston: Crews respond to hazmat situation at the ACI

VIDEO: Two correctional officers went to the hospital as a precaution after finding an "undefined white powdery substance" at the ACI, according to a Department of Corrections spokesperson. Public Relations Officer J.R. Ventura said the two officers were checked and cleared by the hospital and have already returned to the prison. There was a large emergency response to the Cranston prison around 6:30 p.m. Richard Ferruccio, the president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, said the two officers found the substance in a common area that was accessible to inmates. He said he spoke to them and they didn't have any symptoms of exposure. The facility is still on lockdown, according to Ventura, as the Cranston Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials unit investigates the matter.
WPRI-TV FOX Providence 12

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