Businesses reopen, but Lincoln mill fire cause still under investigation

Businesses reopen, but Lincoln mill fire cause still under investigation

LINCOLN - The cause of the six-alarm fire that burned down a portion of the old Lonsdale Bleachery Mill on Halloween night is still under investigation, Lonsdale Fire Chief Timothy Griffin told The Breeze this week.

Griffin said he is still waiting to hear back from fire marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has sent samples from the Carrington Street scene to a lab to be analyzed, a process that he said could take another week or two.

He previously reported that trained dogs found accelerant in the remains of the vacant building, but that does not necessarily mean the fire was started by arson.

Griffin's leadership and the performance of fire departments in Lincoln and neighboring towns that lent aid that night were commended by town officials, including Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, in the days after the fire. They are credited with containing the fire and saving substantial portions of the vacant building.

The part of the mill that burned to the ground is still the only part that has been demolished, Griffin said, adding that nothing more will be done on the remaining parts of the building until the insurance company for owners Primary Properties, a subsidiary of the Procaccianti Group of Cranston, does its own investigation.

In the meantime, adjacent businesses, including Ryco's fabric store, were able to open this past weekend, he said, with electricity restored.