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Weybosset Fire

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The Downcity Diner and Safari Lounge buildings suffered considerable damage in a fire this morning. Will post more as situation develops.

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I was going to PM you. Are the loft residents on Westminster all safe on? RISDs Mason Building which just re-opened after a mercury spill last week, has closed again due to the fire.

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The lofts are fine, but the two buildings effected will likely be destroyed. Appears that flames spread through all the walls and the water damage is extensive.

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Ouch. I always passed by that restaurant when I was going to school in Providence and it looked nice. Never went. Is that shady bar in the alley the Safari Lounge?

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I got some photos too.

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this is truly awful for Downcity Food and Cocktails and whomever else was in those buildings. Any news on what the cause was?

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More later.

Any news on what the cause was?

From what I heard, it was a grease fire that quickly got out of control. The fire seems to be contained, but it moved into the walls of the buildings which is making it difficult to fully extinguish. They should be pouring water on it most of the rest of the day.

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If this is a total loss couldn't they at least save the facade of the downcity diner building or does it now pose too high of a risk of collapsing? The building with that shady alley bar wouldn't be much of a loss, if they could build something attached to the old shell...

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If this is a total loss couldn't they at least save the facade of the downcity diner building or does it now pose too high of a risk of collapsing? The building with that shady alley bar wouldn't be much of a loss, if they could build something attached to the old shell...

Concern now of course is putting out and containing the fire. The fire department doesn't worry about the future of the building. I'm sure if it can be saved it will be.

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Are there any pictures of the evolution side of the building (the left side)?

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Video of it can be found here:

http://ww2.wpri.com/

Look for " 4-alarm fire in heart of downtown Providence guts building " I dont know how to save the direct link.

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I heard they are bringing in a crane to knock down parts of the building so they can get to the flames that are inside the walls. :(

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The floors inside the building have collapsed and the building is considered to be a total loss. I believe it was condemned as of noon.

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The floors inside the building have collapsed and the building is considered to be a total loss. I believe it was condemned as of noon.

Thats pretty sad. And all because of a brisket...

I guess the building wasn't sprinklered. too bad how a small fire can take out a historic building like this. I've been yapping about fire codes for months now, but they definitely put them in place for a reason.

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Thats pretty sad. And all because of a brisket...

I guess the building wasn't sprinklered. too bad how a small fire can take out a historic building like this. I've been yapping about fire codes for months now, but they definitely put them in place for a reason.

I just got back from there. I was standing next to one of the employees (owners?) of Downcity. They said that their supression system put the fire out and the FD gave it the ok. They were doing a final walk around when flames started shooting out of the building. I guess when the greasefire happened it had somehow slipped into the walls.

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Thats pretty sad. And all because of a brisket...

I guess the building wasn't sprinklered. too bad how a small fire can take out a historic building like this. I've been yapping about fire codes for months now, but they definitely put them in place for a reason.

The restaurant where I worked years ago had special sprinklers installed directly over the grill to extinguish potential grease fires. I assumed they were mandatory in all kitchens. I think the spinklers sprayed foam or CO2 instead of water.

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As sad as it is to see a historic building go, I've spent considerable time poking around the Safari and the upper floors of the Downcity Diner building and they were in rough shape to say the least. Safari already had considerable fire damage on the top floor from a previous conflagration. It was difficult to imagine rehabbing them, even with historic tax credits. Best case scenario, this allows for a great piece of infill to go up on that site.

Ever the optimist,

Ari

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Ever the optimist

Hopefully the displaced businesses can fill some other gaps in the Downcity retail while this site is rebuilt. I heard the wall callapsed into American Apparel so their homeless. The owners of Downcity said at noon they wanted to re-open as soon as possible, I'm assuming they knew by then that the building was lost.

Hearing the woman from the dance studio on the news was sad. They had all manner of props and costumes and such which of course are all gone.

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Hopefully the displaced businesses can fill some other gaps in the Downcity retail while this site is rebuilt. I heard the wall callapsed into American Apparel so their homeless. The owners of Downcity said at noon they wanted to re-open as soon as possible, I'm assuming they knew by then that the building was lost.

Hearing the woman from the dance studio on the news was sad. They had all manner of props and costumes and such which of course are all gone.

Joe who owned Evolution also Owns University Tattoo, so he's going to be able to reopen there to some capacity almost immediately, which is good. His financial loss is going to be very severe.

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RISD students had just moved back a day or so ago into the CIT building (next door to American Apparel) after the mercury was found and for the building to be de-contaminated. Now theyre out again today and maybe longer.

I walked by within the last hour and smoke is pouring out more now than around lunch time particularly by the Quizno's alley.

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I was told the crain is on the way and the firecrew is more or less stopping the firefighting but will be on laction all night.

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