Water issues hamper firefighting efforts at Roger Williams Park

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A 4-alarm fire that broke out Monday at Roger Williams Park is now under control, but officials say the building appears to be a complete loss.

The flames broke out at about 2:30 p.m. inside a mechanical garage adjacent to the park’s carriage house.

Heavy smoke and flames poured from the carriage house at Roger Williams Park.
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Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare confirmed that firefighters had problems with water pressure and had to siphon water from a nearby pond to put the fire out.

Roger Williams Park is “notorious” for having water issues, according to Pare.

The building is fairly isolated from the rest of the park, including the zoo and botanical gardens, so no other areas were affected.

The compound has multiple buildings serving various purposes, including garage space, offices, and storage for various chemicals and equipment used for maintenance.

“We had some early explosions, not sure if it came from propane or fertilizer,” Pare explained. “We had some chemicals in there early on, but they were controlled and we were able to put those fires out pretty quickly.”

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Pare said it did not appear to be suspicious.

The Rhode Island Foundation’s 100th anniversary party at the Temple of Music will be held as scheduled at 6 p.m.

 

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