RI mill fire hits 8 alarms; nearby homes evacuated

June 7, 2011 - 10:58 PM

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Officials say a massive mill fire in northern Rhode Island has reached eight alarms, forcing evacuations and leaving hundreds without power.

WPRI-TV is reporting one firefighter has been injured and transported to a hospital. No other details were released and no other injuries have been reported.

Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine tells WPRI-TV that firefighters were called to the huge blaze in a seven-acre mill at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fontaine told WPRI that the fire is "enormous" and that the entire building was engulfed.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen 10 miles away in Lincoln, R.I., and in parts of Massachusetts.

Authorities said all of Woonsocket's 125 firefighters were on the scene, along with the city's police department. Nearby fire departments in Rhode Island and Massachusetts also sent firefighters.

Woonsocket is located 14 miles north of Providence and is two miles from the Massachusetts state line.