COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) -- During a hearing on Friday, a judge ordered the liquidation of the Central Coventry Fire District, which is the largest fire district in Rhode Island's largest town.
Five fire stations that provided emergency services to a 26 square mile area will have to shut down in 12 days.
"I'm emotional, to see the fire department chance of liquidation," said President of the Firefighters Union David Gorman.
Over the course of Friday's hearing, numerous firefighters pled with the judge to issue a levy and keep the doors open.
In the end the judge was clear that the department, which was created by a charter, is funded by the taxpayers.
As of Friday, three stations have closed in the wake of town residents voting down a tax increase aimed at keeping the struggling district afloat. The rejected budget would've raised taxes by 36 percent in the town.
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The district tells us stations 1, 3, and 5 are now closed in an effort to reduce spending.
We've also learned that RI Rep. Patricia Morgan has filed a motion asking for time to develop an alternative plan for the district.
The fire district has been in receivership since last October.
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