Friday, March 25, 2011
Library staffers were sent home for the day on March 24 after seeing smoke in the basement. No injuries were reported.
Marian J. Mohr Library Director Jon Anderson said on March 25 that an overheated sump pump "produced a lot of smoke" in the basement on Thursday just before 1 p.m., leading to the closure of the library. Initial reports were of a mechanical fire in the boiler room; Anderson said on Friday that "it was not a fire." Anderson explained that the pump — which pushes water out of a drain in the floor — continued to run after the drain went dry, "and it started to smoke." Library staffers were sent home for the day, and no injuries were reported. The children's room remained closed on Friday, with notices posted to inform patrons that staff would retrieve requested materials from the lower level. Anderson said the closure would likely remain in …
Monday, February 7, 2011
JohnstonPatch was on the scene of a fire at the car dealership on Putnam Pike, which occurred at 11 a.m. Feb. 7.
The accompanying video shows the scene at 181 Putnam Pike just after 11 a.m. on Feb. 7 following a blaze that broke out in the Metro Collision Center's paint booth. No injuries were reported. Johnston police and fire personnel and Smithfield Rescue #1 responded to the fire. Employees gathered in front of the dealership, and at one point, owner Michael Grieco Sr. evicted a television cameraman who arrived and attempted to film the event. Two Johnston firefighters were examined by Smithfield responders and remained at the scene. Follow JohnstonPatch for updates as they become available.
Fire erupts inside the paint booth at the car dealership on Putnam Pike
Fire was reported just after 11 a.m. this morning at the Metro Collision Center on Putnam Pike. Johnston Police and Fire Department personnel and Smithfield Rescue #1 responded to the scene. A chemical smell emanated from the paint booth of the car dealership, and a small crowd of employees gathered in front of the office. Two Johnston firefighters were checked out by Smithfield rescue personnel; neither was transported from the scene. Watch JohnstonPatch for updates as they become available.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The blaze at 17 South Long Street started at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. A man was found dead in the home, and a Johnston firefighter was injured at the scene.
Johnston Fire Department Batallion Chief David McDougall confirmed that a local firefighter was injured following a fire at 17 South Long St. that apparently claimed the life of one man. McDougal said in a phone interview just after 1:30 p.m. on January 23 that the department was not yet releasing the name of the firefighter or the identity of the deceased man. He added that the cause of the blaze was still under investigation by members of the Johnston Fire Department and the Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office. Johnston Fire Department personnel responded to the scene just after 5:30 a.m. to find two sides of the house on fire, according to reports furnished by the Newsra Searchteam. The roof of the home also collapsed. Firefighters …