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Piles of smoldering rubble were all that remained of the two-story garage by mid-afternoon Sunday. (Westport Fire Dept. photo)

Garage, Honda Accords consumed by blaze

Garage, Honda Accords consumed by blaze

By the time anyone noticed the garage fire off Charlotte White Road Sunday, the structure was beyond saving, firefighters say. Lost too were several cars and a collection of mechanics’ tools. Multiple callers reported the blaze at around 12:10 p.m. and fire crews arrived to find the two-story structure engulfed in flames and mostly destroyed,

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Barrington elementary school evacuated for gas leak

Officials evacuated Sowams Elementary School in Barrington at 10 a.m. on Monday morning, Feb. 23, after a gas leak was discovered outside the school. According to Barrington Superintendent of Schools Michael Messore, students and staff put on their hats and coats and exited the building. Then, following the school’s evacuation procedure, the group began walking

Portsmouth Marine 2 crashes through ice as it returns to East Passage Yachting Center after searching for a bridge jumper this afternoon. Photo courtesy of Portsmouth Fire Department.

Icy conditions hampered search for bridge jumper

BRISTOL/PORTSMOUTH — Several fire department boats were unable to respond to a report of a jumper off the Mt. Hope Bridge today due to the icy conditions in Narragansett Bay. The search for an unidentified man who witnesses saw jumping from the span’s north side has not turned up anything as of late this afternoon. The

Crane tips over in Tiverton, smashes car

TIVERTON — It was Wednesday, Feb. 18, a little after 9:30 a.m. The Dollar General store at 567 Main Road had only been open less than a week, and Wendy Ferreira, its assistant manager, was working inside. That was when another employee came up to her, and told her, “you don’t want to look outside.”

Many residents are having trouble keeping up with their shoveling as well as finding places to throw the snow. This photo was taken Monday morning along East Main Road, with St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the background. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth fire chief: Keep vents clear

PORTSMOUTH — As we wait for spring and try to stave off bouts of snow rage, the town is reminding residents to take extra precautions to keep safe during the cold spell. Fire Chief Michael Cranson wants residents to make sure their carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and to keep all vents cleared of

Photo shows the Portsmouth Marine unit in the East Passage Yachting Center marina as of 11:30 a.m. today. Last night the marina was frozen around the boat and out to its entrance. Marina crews have worked hard to break up the ice, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael O'Brien.

Firefighters had to break ice to get to Prudence blaze

PORTSMOUTH — The sub-zero temperatures nearly prevented a team of firefighters from getting to Prudence Island early Monday night to battle a house fire. No one was hurt in the Holbrook Road fire, where flames were seen in the void space between the first and second floor. All occupants got out safely and the home, while


Worker injured on Barrington bridge project

  Motorists noticed a strange new vehicle parked at the White Church Bridge construction project in Barrington last week — an ambulance. According to police and fire officials, emergency responders were called to the White Church Bridge construction site at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for a worker who had been injured. The

East Providence digs out from storm, trash collection resumes

EAST PROVIDENCE — Heaping ample praise on the efforts of their employees and the collaboration between all aspects of government, three of the city’s top administrators to a person said East Providence’s response to the Blizzard of 2015 was near perfect in its execution. East Providence Police Chief Chris Parella, Fire Chief Oscar Elmasian and