Explosive Mineral Spring Avenue fire ruled accidental

Explosive Mineral Spring Avenue fire ruled accidental

PAWTUCKET – State and local fire officials have determined that the cause of the fire that followed an explosion on Nov. 5 at a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. was “accidental.”

“The cause of the fire is from a gas event from a leak within the structure,” said Fire Chief William Sisson, adding that state utility inspectors, after checking the gas lines from the street to the building, ruled those out as a potential cause.

“We do not know what the ignition source was and may never know due to the condition of the building,” said Sisson. He said his investigators worked with State Fire Marshal John Chartier and his office to determine the cause.

Due to extensive damage, city officials had the building demolished.