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  • Massive conflagration engulfs Woonsocket industrial park

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. -- A fire sparked by a downed electrical wire consumed five buildings at an industrial complex and forced some families to flee their homes.

    Firefighters got the blaze under control by midnight Thursday, but officials said they expect firefighters will be working throughout the day Friday to extinguish it.

    At least two firefighters were taken to the hospital for dehydration. No major injuries were reported.

    The estimated 50 to 60 employees working in the ACS Industries building, where the fire began at about 6 p.m. Thursday, evacuated safely.

    Helping fuel the flames were 25,000 to 27,000 gallons of fuel oil in a tank in one of the buildings. One of the burning buildings also contained 25,000 to 50,000 pounds of cotton that was feeding the fire.

    About two dozen families were evacuated from a street adjacent to the buildings, and others were told they could choose to leave.

    Fire Chief Henry Renaud said it appears the fire started when a transformer exploded, sending a power line into a fence next to the mill complex.

    The blaze spread to buildings housing Florence Dye and a Nextel phone dealer.

    Embers from the fire landed on the roof of an apartment building a quarter mile away, but caused only minor damage, Renaud said. Another house closer to mill complex also was hit by embers.

    Paula Rezendes, who lives around the corner from the fire, said she returned Thursday evening and found she couldn't reach her house.

    "I have no idea what condition my house is in ... We can't get up the street. I don't know where we're staying for the night," she said.

    Temporary housing at area motels was being arranged Thursday night for those evacuated. (AP)

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    here are some pictures of the fire.
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    • #3
      here is another one.
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      • #4
        last picture i wanted to post.
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        • #5
          Exploding acetelyne tanks are purty......

          1000 feet away standing on a bridge over a river and we were STILL toasty!!!

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          • #6
            Hey Guys --

            Is there a point to 'cutting and pasting' the entire text of a story that is on the 'start' page for Firehouse.com ---

            We all have to go to that page-- in order to come to the forums --

            Isn't it a tad bit redundant??

            I mean - we can discuss it here-- but what is the point in pasting it here as well??

            Things that make you go - "Hmmmmmmmm........"
            Marc

            "In Omnia Paratus"

            Member - IACOJ
            "Got Crust?"

            -- The opinions presented here are my own; and are not those of any organization that I belong to, or work for.

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            • #7
              NJ,captstan dont shoot!

              This article did not come from firehouse. NO, not all people goto the start page. Alot of people keep the forums on there favorites to avoid the start page. And the reason articles are posted in the forums is for people to make comments and give opinions.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FFMcDonald
                Is there a point to 'cutting and pasting' the entire text of a story that is on the 'start' page for Firehouse.com
                The point is to discuss it.
                Originally posted by FFMcDonald
                We all have to go to that page-- in order to come to the forums
                No we don't. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.
                Originally posted by FFMcDonald
                Isn't it a tad bit redundant??
                Not if you didn't see it on the home page. Or, a week from now, if it is still being discussed, it's nice to have the article in the thread so you don't have to go back to the homepage.
                Originally posted by FFMcDonald
                I mean - we can discuss it here-- but what is the point in pasting it here as well??
                See above.

                Stay Safe

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