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Cops: Trash truck fire wasn't arson

November 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It's official: Pawtucket Police say the cause of the recent fire in a city trash truck was accidental and not prompted by arson.
Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said that a detective assigned to arson cases had worked with the Fire Department and state Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the cause of the Oct. 23 truck fire.
The trash truck was found ablaze behind the city's Public Works Garage on Armistice Boulevard at around 6 p.m. while, at the same time, a Purchasing Board meeting on the volatile issue of privatizing the city-run trash services was taking place at Pawtucket City Hall. At the conclusion of that meeting, the Purchasing Board voted 3 to 2 to award the trash bid to a private company, which caused an angry reaction from unionized city Sanitation Department workers and other members of Local 1012 who had attended the meeting.
According to the city Fire Marshal, a preliminary investigation of the fire appeared to point to a mechanical issue in what was one of the oldest trash trucks in the fleet.

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