Officials investigate low water pressure, nonworking hydrant in destructive condo fire

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WARWICK, Rhode Island — Officials are investigating why water pressure was inadequate for firefighters battling a fire that destroyed a condominium complex in Warwick.

The remains of the three-story, 38-unit building was knocked down.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1BBCaNy) that Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and fire chief say three investigations are intended to determine the cause of the fire, responsibility for a nonworking hydrant and lack of water pressure and a third probe to find building and fire inspection records.

Avedisian said the first priority is the welfare of the 100 people displaced.

He says the Red Cross was providing food and clothing and helping replace prescription medications.

Officials also want to know if the lack of pressure began at the water authority or on the property, and if the complex had properly functioning fire hydrants.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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