Above: A fire on the roof of 10 Briggs Drive (aka the old Bostitch building) off South County Trail started around noon Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Hub Brennan
A fire broke out on a rooftop solar panel of 10 Briggs Drive, the former Bostitch building off South County Trail, midday Tuesday, causing some damage to a portion of the solar array and roof. No one was injured.
The challenge, according to EG Chief Bernie Patenaude, was getting water to the fire because of the size of the building and the source of the fire.
“It took a long time to get the water up there,” he said. “And we had 300 feet of hose out across the roof to get to the fire. That takes a lot of manpower to shag all that hose.”
Patenaude said fire spread from the solar array to the rubber roof and into insulation under the roof.
EGFD got the call at 12:16 p.m. Only Engine One was initially available to respond. Companies from North Kingstown, Warwick and West Warwick helped out at the fire; Coventry helped cover EG calls. The Providence Canteen also responded.
Patenaude said firefighters would continue to monitor the roof overnight into Wednesday.
The property was once the world headquarters for Bostitch, known for its staple manufacturing. Today, the largest tenant is Toray Plastics. Alex and Ani also leases space there. According to Chief Patenaude, the portion of the building below the fire had recently been leased but was largely unoccupied.
Read more about the solar panels HERE.