Building total loss after 3-alarm fire


INVESTIGATORS, (HE) TONIGHT – TWO SMALL BUSINESSES ARE DESTROYED AFTER FIRE RIPPED THROUGH AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AT THE WICKFORD SHIPYARD. (MM) THIS WAS THE SCENE THIS MORNING AROUND 5 O CLOCK – FLAMES SHOOTING THROUGH THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING ON NORTH KINGSTOWN’S STEAMBOAT AVENUE. THE WOODEN SHIPBUILDING COMPANY AND IRONWORKS BUSINESS HOUSED INSIDE – NOW GONE. (HE) THE STRUCTURE HAS BEEN DEEMED A TOTAL LOSS. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN HAS BEEN AT THE SCENE ALL DAY – SHE JOINS US NOW WITH WHAT WE KNOW TONIGHT, KIM? MIKE, SHANNON – MANY FOLKS WE SPOKE WITH TODAY USED THE SAME WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS FIRE: DEVASTATING. TAKE A LOOK BEHIND ME – THE GUTTED SHELL OF THIS STRUCTURE ALL THAT REMAINS – THE BOATS, TOOLS, ARTIFACTS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS THAT WERE INSIDE – NOW ALL GONE. FIRE OFFICIALS BATTLED THESE RAGING FLAMES EARLY TUESDAY MORNING – THE ORANGE FIRE LIGHTING UP THE EARLY MORNING SKY – SENDING SMOKE INTO SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS AND ACROSS THE WATER. OUR CAMERAS THERE AS A WALL OF THE BUILDING CRUMBLED – AS THE SMOKE CLEARED – THE DESTRUCTION BECAME CLEAR: THE BUILDING IS A TOTAL LOSS; COASTAL IRONWORKS AND THE ZACHORNE FAMOLY’S WOODEN SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIR BUSINESS LOST EVERYTHING – INCLUDING ARTIFACTS AND BOATS “They took one of my boats and put it over there. It’s going to have to be rebuilt.” “It wasn’t just a work place literally their entire lives: a lot of personal effects a lot of family history and the shop was really more of a museum than anything else.” THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION – BECAUSE THIS FIRE HAPPENED RIGHT HERE ON Pinpoint Weather 12 forecast. (HE) FIRST, NEW DETAILS AT SIX — …ON THE MAJOR FIRE AT A SHIPYARD IN NORTH KINGSTOWN’S WICKFORD SECTION — WHICH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION TONIGHT. (MM) ONLY OUR CAMERAS WERE ROLLING— AS A WALL OF THE BUILDING COLLAPSED. TWO BUSINESS THAT WERE HOUSED INSIDE LOST EVERYTHING. BUT OFFICIALS SAY ——THIS FIRE COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN SPOKE WITH THOSE WHO KNOW THE OWNERS. SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM NORTH KINGSTOWN WITH WHAT SHE’S LEARNED. MIKE, SHANNON – AN IRONWORKS COMPANY AND A FAMILY-OWNED SHIP BUILDING AND REPAIR BUSINESS – BOTH LOST EVERYTHING TODAY. TAKE A LOOK HERE BEHIND US AT THE STRUCTURE THAT ONCE STOOD ON STEAMBOAT AVENUE – THE EQUIPMENT, BOATS AND ARTIFACTS THAT WERE INSIDE – NOW REDUCED TO A PILE OF RUBBLE. I can barely look at it its so awful EUGENE LEE COULDN’T BEAR THE SIGHT – THE NEW YORK SET DESIGNER WHO CALLS RHODE ISLAND HOME LOST ONE SHIP TO THE FIRE – ANOTHER WAS DAMAGED. They took one of my boats and put it over there. It’s going to have to be rebuilt. THIS WAS THE SCENE AROUND 5 AM – FIRE TEARING THROUGH THE BUILDING – A WALL COLLAPSING – THE SMOKE EVENTUALLY CLEARING TO REVEAL A CHARRED SHELL. THE BUILDING USED TO HOUSE COASTAL IRONWORKS AND THE ZACHORNE FAMILY’S WOODEN SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIR SHOP. It wasn’t just a work place literally their entire vies a lot of personal effects a lot of family history and the shop was really more of a museum than anything else. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE STRUCTURE IS NOW A TOTAL LOSS – BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SAYS THE IMPACT TO THE SURROUNDING WATER, WAS MINIMAL. OFFICIALS SAY CATASTROPHE WAS AVOIDED WHEN 6,000 GALLONS OF DIESEL AND GASOLINE AT THE ADJACENT FUELING STATION WERE SPARED BY THE FLAMES. TANKS OF OIL AND OTHER CHEMICALS INSIDE WERE EITHER INTACT – OR REMOVED IN TIME. NO ONE – WAS HURT. Everyone’s safe and ok, and next you move on and build again THE FIRE MARSHAL WILL ANALYZE DRONE FOOTAGE OF THE BUILDING AS THEY CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE TONIGHT. REPORTING LIVE IN NORTH KINGSTOWN, I’M KIM KALUNIAN,

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