Smithfield road reopens after utility pole fires

Photo: WPRI / Perry Russom

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Emergency crews were called to the scene of a fire in Smithfield Tuesday.

According to officials, a fire involving utility poles and wires broke out around 3:30 p.m in the area of 190 Mountaindale Road. Initially, part of the road was closed but Smithfield police confirmed it has been reopened.

It appears to be an electrical fire, but officials are not yet sure how it started.

Police on scene said approximately six poles caught fire.

National Grid crews reported to the scene and turned off electricity in the area. Officials told Eyewitness News the line that was turned off doesn’t feed to any houses, so no residents in the area lost power.

“Certainly, we’re concerned with the roadway. Right now the road is partially shut down because there are some wires,” Sgt. Orlando Braxton of the Smithfield Police Department said. “They are not live, but we don’t want people driving through with wires regardless, so obviously we’re worried about that and any electrical issues with the house.”

Police said they will be on scene until at least midnight. No injuries were reported.

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