PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several stores at Providence Place were forced to open late on Tuesday after a delivery truck caught fire near the mall’s parking garage.
Smoke could be seen billowing out of the north loading dock just before 8:30 a.m. as the tractor-trailer’s cabin went up in flames.
“If you’ve ever seen a car fire, it’s a very smoky affair,” Providence’s acting Deputy Asst. Fire Chief Kevin Jutras said Tuesday.
With the help of overhead sprinklers, firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control, though the smoke wafted up to the mall above.
“We stopped the opening of the operation of the mall and backed up their start time until 10 a.m.,” Jutras explained. “Prevented the public from coming in until we could meter and verify the air was clean in the public spaces.”
The rest of the mall was able to open as normal and by noon, traffic was flowing in and out of the parking garage.
Fire officials said the building was designed to handle these types of situations. In fact, they said there was another car fire in the parking garage just two weeks ago.
No injuries were reported as a result of Tuesday’s fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.