Historic Rhode Island lodge broken in blaze can be torn down; trigger beneath investigation

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The Harborside Inn on Block Island was severely broken in a blaze that began late final Friday evening and lasted effectively into Saturday morning.

Alexa Gagosz / Globe Workers

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    Block Island welcomed again vacationers Sunday, a day after a hearth tore via a historic lodge

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NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — The historic Rhode Island lodge ravaged by a hearth final weekend is a complete loss that can be torn down, authorities stated Wednesday.

The Harborside Inn on Block Island was severely broken in a blaze that began late final Friday evening and lasted effectively into Saturday morning. Friends have been evacuated and there have been no experiences of significant accidents.

The precise trigger stays beneath investigation, however authorities stated they suppose it began within the floor ground kitchen.

Opened in 1879, the lodge on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations is within the coronary heart of the resort island’s enterprise district.

New Shoreham city officers and lodge possession met with a demolition firm on Wednesday.

The broken constructing, together with a collapsed roof, has been deemed a hazard and is fenced off. City officers stated demolition is anticipated to begin the week of Sept. 11 and take about 5 days.

About 50 firefighters, a few of whom needed to be flown or shipped in from the mainland, helped battle the blaze on the 36-room lodge.

Block Island Reservations, which owns the lodge, thanked the firefighters and everybody who helped throughout and within the days following the hearth.

“Sadly, it’s evident that with the damages performed to the constructing Harborside Inn has closed its doorways with the enduring historical past and reminiscences to be remembered and cherished,” the corporate posted on its web site.

Block Island is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) off the Rhode Island coast. New Shoreham is the one city on the island.


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