Cumberland ice cream shop assures customers it’s ‘not burning down’

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Cumberland ice cream shop assures customers it's 'not burning down'

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — The owners of an iconic ice cream shop are assuring their customers everything is fine after a fire broke out on their property Friday night. 

Crews responded to The Ice Cream machine Co. on Diamond Hill Road Friday evening for reports of a fire in a back shed. 

Eyewitness News spoke with Gary Caron, one of the owners of the “Ice Cream Machine,” at the scene. Caron said an old barn behind the ice cream shop, which was used as an office and music room, caught fire on Friday.

“It has nothing to do with the ice cream machine,” Caron said.

Caron said the barn is completely destroyed. He said he lost musical equipment in the fire, but said he is thankful he didn’t lose his ice cream parlor, which opened in 1977. 

“I’m a musician and we played there with a band. We had some fun,” he explained.” “It’s just an old barn that’s been there for many years and unfortunately, it’s not there anymore.”

Caron said crews believe it was an electrical fire. The fire marshal’s office was on scene Friday night investigating. 

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