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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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6 THE VALLEY JANUARY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION request that they be listed on the contractor's insurance as an addi- tional insured entity. Someone who is injured will then sue the town and operator, with the operator's insur- ance protecting both entities. The operator has to carry at least $1 mil- lion of coverage. Cote said dropping the Bellingham commercial account was only due in part to the insurance issue. In addi- tion to worrying about insurance, plow operators have many other fac- tors to consider when deciding wheth- er to even take on a client or stay in the business. If someone cares about their customer, they really have to almost babysit the lot during and after a snowstorm, he said. In his case, he was often trying to guess at where the "fine line" of snowy precipitation was, as it could be raining in Lincoln but snowing heavily in Bellingham. He said he's maintained some of his other commercial accounts. Like Hunter, Cote also placed the blame for this issue on attorneys who make plow drivers and insurance companies the natural targets, as well as a society that seems to always be looking for the fast score know- ing that it's easier to settle than go to court. The insurance companies aren't at fault here, he said. "They don't want to lose money," he said. "Accidents do happen, it is what it is. They just want to make sure they're not liable." PLOWS From Page 5 Fire chief: Late night tenement fire was accidental BLACKSTONE – A fire that forced people in multiple buildings to evacuate and damaged a garage and six-family home last Wednesday night has been determined acciden- tal in nature, Blackstone Fire Chief Michael Sweeney told The Breeze on Monday. According to Sweeney, the fire likely began in a truck that was parked within a few feet of both a six-family home located at 1202 Social St. and the accompanying garage. The vehicle, he said, had been brought to the property earlier that day by its owner. Though Fire Department personnel know that the truck was recently purchased, and therefore could have had any num- ber of undiagnosed problems that led to the fire, it is unlikely they'll be able to determine the exact source. "That part will probably remain undetermined," said Sweeney. The fire, he said, then spread directly to both the garage and the six-family home. While the garage experienced significant damage, damage to the house was confined to a bedroom in one of the apartments on the first floor. Due to the timing and type of fire, it's likely it burned for some time before the department responded to a call around 11:30 p.m., said Sweeney. "I think the siding on the house would be the hero of the day because it had some sort of a cement base siding on there that kind of kept it away," he said. "It got so far advanced because it was an outside fire, it was late at night, nobody noticed it. Chances are in the sum- mertime, with windows open, they would've heard it or smelled it and people would've noticed it sooner." Within about three hours, Blackstone Fire Department per- sonnel, with assistance from the Woonsocket Fire Department, were able to extinguish the fires in both buildings along with the vehicle. The residents of 1202 Social St. were evacuated safely, as were the residents of 1204 Social St. as a pre- caution. While the residents of the neighboring building were able to return to their homes, 1202 Social St. was still undergoing repairs as of earlier this week. In addition to damage to the walls, Sweeney said the building experienced significant electrical damage. He estimated between 12 and 20 residents were affected. "The six main lines that come in were all fused together, so there's some significant electrical work and there's some other smoke damage," he said. "There wasn't a lot of dam- age to the building, but enough to keep them out of the building until they fix these electrical issues." According to Sweeney, it took about 15 firefighters and four engines to extinguish the fire by the early hours of Thursday morning. No injuries to residents or firefight- ers were reported. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Library announces young adult programs BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., announces the following young adult programs. • A drop-in craft will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by the library to create paper snowflakes. Make some to take home and to decorate the young adult area of the library. Instruction and all materials will be provided. No registration is required. • A belly dance class will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Have fun while gaining flex- ibility and strengthening muscles. All body types welcome. No prior dance experience required and no need to show your belly. To register or for more informa- tion, call Karen at 508-883-1931, ext. 104, or visit www.blackstone- . Learn the basics of brewing beer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Public Library, 20 Main St., will host the program Homebrewing 101 on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of brewing beer, be introduced to the equip- ment and enjoy some samples. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a free brewing kit. The program is open to ages 21 and older. Register by calling 401- 767-2780 or visit the library's web- site calendar at http://nspl.evanced. info/signup . presents: Adult Hypnotist F r a n k S a n t o s J r . ~ A 21 plus event ~ Saturday January 26 th Doors Open at 7:45 p.m. Show Tickets $20 dinner not included Call 401.728.3340 Full dinner Menu Available | 133 Mendon Rd., Cumberland Uncle Ronnie's Restaurant & Red Tavern U R 2692 Victory Highway, Burrillville, RI 568-6243 • Hours: Tuesdays thru Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Fine Food & Spirit Dinner for Two Reserve Your Table Now for Valentine's Day! Thursday, February 14th Every Wednesday & Thursday 4 p.m. – 9p.m. Complete dinners including appetizer, dessert, beer or wine $ 29 .99

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