Fire at RI Recycled Metals in Port of Providence, crews responding
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Fire at RI Recycled Metals in Port of Providence, crews responding

Fire at RI Recycled Metals in Port of Providence, crews responding

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PROVIDENCE – About 30 firefighters are battling a fire at a scrap yard on Allens Avenue in the Port of Providence, Providence Fire Chief Derek Silva said.

Four jets of water were poured onto the fire as a front-end loader removed smoldering pieces of metal so firefighters could close in. Three ladder trucks were used to pour water onto the fire as construction equipment continued to dig into the burning pile to get to the center of the fire and pour water on it.

It was hot and humid Wednesday, and firefighters at the scene were setting up tents and tarps to create a shady spot where they could get a drink of water and rest while they fought the blaze.

A spokesperson for Rhode Island Recycled Metals said the fire is still under investigation and the company will provide more information as it receives it.

Silva, posting on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, said there were no injuries and that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was responding. He said the fire department’s hazardous materials team was on scene and monitoring air conditions.

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Firefighters extinguish fire at scrapyard in Providence

Crews battle fire at scrapyard in Port of Providence

Not the first fire at the scrapyard and port

Just in April, a fire broke out at the Rhode Island Recycled Metals scrap yard in the Port of Providence.

The fire also sent plumes of black smoke rising over neighbouring estates, attracting protesters demanding the closure of the scrapyard for polluting the area.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

Journalist Alex Kuffner contributed to this article.