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Tiverton Flea Market Goes Up in Flames

Firefighters from several communities extinguished a fire overnight Wednesday at the Tiverton Flea Market.

Credit: Tiverton Patch
Credit: Tiverton Patch
Tiverton firefighters, along with other fire departments throughout the area, were busy overnight as they battled a four-alarm fire engulfing the Tiverton Flea Market on Bulgarmarsh Road at Route 177, reports WPRI.com

According to WPRI.com, the fire began after midnight and took more than an hour to extinguish.

One firefighter was transported to a Fall River, MA, hospital during the response for unknown injuries, according to The Providence Journal. He has since been treated and released. 

Weather conditions overnight Wednesday were icy, making the response more difficult. 

The building, which is home to at least seven local businesses, sustained significant damage. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Check back with Patch for more details on this developing story. 
Renee Cwiek January 29, 2014 at 09:46 AM
I was wondering about that too.
Rebecca Killian January 29, 2014 at 01:18 PM
There is and never has been any animals stored in there, the "animals" that they heard was one friendly stray cat that the venders at the flea market all feed and take care of. There even is a little cat door so it can get in and out but something blocked the door once the fire started, one of the first firemen on the scene did inform us that he did get out safely though.
Renee Cwiek January 29, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Thank you Rebecca. I was thinking it may have been strays. So glad to hear he got out safely.
Steveinri January 30, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Clearly there was not adequate fire protection in place. There should have been a sprinkler system in place for that size complex that had the potential to hold a great number of people. Someone needs to look into the reason why the laws of the State of Rhode Island were not enforced. Was the Fire Department aware of the danger and elected not to enforce the law???? Did the inspector notify the owner and the owner chose to not comply because of cost???? Good thing nobody was hurt due to the negligence of the owner. If I operated one of the stalls there I would sue the owner for failing to protect my property according to RI law. The insurance company(IF they had insurance) can also refuse the claim because of the owner's lack of due diligence. Just another sad story about irresponsible people making irresponsible decisions driven by money. Watch, this will be swept under the rug and forgotten/ignored by the powers that be to avoid embarrassment because of their ineptitude. People of Tiverton need to take a good long look at the cause and effect of this whole thing and dig deep to get some HONEST answers. I will not hold my breath.....can you say COVER UP ????????
Don Medeiros February 04, 2014 at 04:48 AM
FACT: The RI fire code (NFPA 1 and NFPA 101, with amendments) does not require fire sprinklers in existing mercantile occupancies of that nature (single story) and size.

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