Fire breaks out in vacant Providence mill building

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Eyewitness News was on the scene of a mill fire in Providence.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the vacant building at the corner of King and Salmon streets in the capital city.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the vacant building as firefighters went to work putting out the flames.

The Providence Fire Department called three alarms for this fire due to the size of the building and its distance from fire hydrants.

Providence Assistant Fire Chief Scott Mello tells Eyewitness News the fire was knocked down quickly despite some obstacles to overcome.

“We had to lay well over 1,000 feet of feeder lines and the hand lines we stretched between 200 to 300 feet on hand lines Just to get to the center and the front side of the building,” said Assistant Chief Scott Mello.

No injuries were reported.

Assistant Chief Mello said a fire in an abandoned building with no utilities, such as this one, is almost always deemed suspicious.

Arson investigators were at the scene after the fire had been knocked down.Colin Spence also contributed to this story.

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