Wood dust fire at Rhode Island wood factory
December 15, 2021 | 4:41 pm CST
Wood dust fire in East Providence, R.I.

A wood dust fire and explosion was reported by local media at the East Providence industrial complex that houses a wood products business.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A wood dust fire and explosion was reported by local media at the East Providence industrial complex that houses a wood products business.

The fire sent a plume of smoke hundreds of feet into the air on Dec. 10, according to a news report.

According to multiple reports, crews were called to 275 Ferris Ave. in East Providence's Rumford neighborhood for a reported explosion with fire in a large industrial building, according to Fire Chief Glenn Quick.

Chief Quick told reporters on the scene that when crews arrived on the scene they found a dust hopper on fire on the exterior of the building which spread to the interior of the building.

A second alarm was immediately called upon arrival but the fire was quickly put out, Chief Quick told NBC 10. No injuries were reported.
The building used to be an inferno wood pellet business but a cabinet-making business is now operating there, according to Chief Quick. However, the address is also believed to be the home of a store-fixture business.

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