A six-alarm fire swept through nine buildings described as vacant factories in Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island, Saturday morning, sending flames towering above the communities.
“Thank you to the brave men and women of the Pawt. And CF Fire Departments who went above and beyond to keep our residents safe from the fire this morning and throughout the day,” the City of Pawtucket, RI, Twitter account states. “We also truly appreciate the mutual aid and support provided by over 20 municipalities in RI and MA.”
A box alarm was issued shortly after 3 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find a fire in progress, a joint press release by both towns’ states. A major thoroughfare was shut down and the surrounding area evacuated.
With fire agencies throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts responding, the fire drew 43 engines and 21 ladders. The fire scene remained active throughout Saturday with firefighters probing for hot spots.
The nine buildings affected either suffered heavy fire damage or totally collapsed, the press release states. At least one building was identified as the former home of Paramount Greeting Cards.
“It is anticipated that some of the heavily damaged buildings that are still standing may eventually have to be knocked down,” the press release states.
No injuries were reported.