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    Post Mill Fire, Woonsocket, RI

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - A large fire Thursday engulfed two mill
    buildings and forced the evacuation of a street in Woonsocket.
    Mayor Susan Menard said there were no reports of injuries from
    the fire, which began in the ACS Industries building at the complex
    and appeared to be caused by an unspecified electrical problem.
    The 50 to 60 employees working at ACS evacuated safely,
    according to the mayor.
    Menard said the flames spread to a nearby building that formerly
    housed Florence Dye. Residents of a street that abuts the buildings
    were evacuated, she said.
    Paula Rezendes, who lives around the corner from the fire, said
    she returned home 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.
    About 3,500 people were without electricity due to the fire,
    Menard said.
    The city called the state Department of Environmental Management
    to the site but does not believe the thick, black smoke rising from
    the fire is hazardous, she said. The city has an inventory of the
    chemicals stored on site, and none are toxic, according to Menard.
    Several streets near the fire site have been closed, and many
    traffic signals are out.
    Woonsocket police have arrested at least one person for
    disorderly conduct and were trying to disperse the crowd gathered
    to watch the flames.
    ACS Industries' Woonsocket-based divisions manufacture wire and
    mesh products, household and institutional scouring products, and
    wire dies, according to the company's web site.

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    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - A fire sparked by a downed electrical
    wire consumed five buildings at an industrial complex and forced
    some families to flee their homes.
    Firefighters from eight communities in Rhode Island and
    Massachusetts were working throughout the night Thursday to contain
    the fire, which covered two acres. At least two firefighters were
    taken to the hospital to be treated 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. State Fire Marshal Irving J. Owens said the building had a
    working sprinkler system which helped them get out unharmed.
    State and local officials said they expect firefighters will be
    working to extinguish the blaze throughout the day Friday. The fire
    was under control just before midnight Thursday.
    Helping fuel the flames were 25,000 to 27,000 gallons of fuel
    oil in a tank in one of the buildings, according to Woonsocket Fire
    Chief Henry Renaud. 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.
    Renaud said it appears the fire started when a transformer
    exploded, sending a power line into a fence adjacent to the mill
    complex.
    The electrified fence ignited the ACS Industries building in at
    least two places, he said. Narragansett Electric spokeswoman Amy
    Atwood said the company will investigate the fire.
    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 home 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.
    The state Department of Environmental Management reported to the
    scene Thursday, but officials said they don't believe the chemicals
    stored in the mill buildings were producing toxic smoke.
    There were small explosions in the buildings due to the bursting
    of tanks containing chemicals and oil, Renaud said.
    Dark smoke from the fire was visible miles from the blaze, and
    the flames were so hot at times that firefighters had to move their
    trucks back from the site.

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