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EDITORIAL: Kudos to Providence Firefighters

Monday, November 30, 2015


On Sunday morning at approximately 10:00 a.m., when many folks were at church, having brunch or this past weekend just enjoying a beautiful fall morning, one of Providence’s most prominent buildings - the Textron Building - was hit by a rooftop fire which threatened one of Providence’s most important structures.

Within minutes Providence firefighters rose 23 flights to the top of the building to battle a vicious black smoke fire that smelled like burning plastic. 

The Textron Building houses Providence’s only Fortune 500 Company. Textron, created by iconic and now deceased business leader Royal Little, is a company of global importance. The US armed forces would be deeply impacted if Textron’s Bell Helicopters could not fly. Textron owns and operates some of the most diverse brands in the world.

While Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is in a pitched legal and financial battle with the firefighters' union, the conflict should not overshadow the bravery and work of the firefighters.

One of Providence’s most important businesses was saved, thanks to the work one Sunday morning by the Providence firefighters.  

Thank you.


Related Slideshow: PHOTOS: Textron Fire in Downtown Providence

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Photo of Fire from Weybosset Street.

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Textron blaze from below on Weybosset Street at 11:20 a.m.

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Mayor Jorge Elorza on site.

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Hundreds of emergency personnel responded to the event.

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Scene from Weybosset Street.

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Mayor Elorza with Public Safety Commissioner Pare.

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Fire Department response was massive.

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Elorza reviewing the fire.

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Fire Department responding in masse.


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