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A machine caught fire on top of a wash tower at the P.J. Keating quarry and asphalt plant in Cranston, RI.

Firefighters had to use 4,500 feet of hose to reach the fire from the nearest hydrant, and they had to fight the flames from tower ladders, because the fire was at the top of a four-story wash tower, Assistant Chief Bernard Patenaude.

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The fire broke out at 8 p.m. on June 7.

“We weren’t sure how much the metal structure was compromised by the fire,” Patenaude said.

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Despite the challenges, the fire was extinguished quickly, he said.

Two company employees were on the scene when the fire broke out, but there were no injuries, Patenaude said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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