RI firefighters contain massive mill fire

By the Associated Press | June 8, 2011 | 6:30 AM EDT

The shell of the former Alice Mills Rubber Manufacturing Plant burns in Woonsocket, R.I. Tuesday, June 7, 2011. The massive, eight-alarm fire at the historic mill forced evacuations and left hundreds without power, officials said. (AP Photo/John Cetrino)

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Firefighters say they have contained a massive blaze that destroyed a 112-year-old mill in northern Rhode Island, and will allow the structure to burn itself to the ground.

Firefighters from up to 15 departments in Rhode Island and Massachusetts were called to a blaze at the former Alice Mills Rubber Manufacturing Plant in Woonsocket at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Alice Mills, just miles from the Massachusetts state line, was once considered the largest rubber goods factory in the world.

One firefighter was injured. WPRI-TV reports he may have been struck by a falling wall. His condition and name were not available.

Residents who had been evacuated from nearby homes were being let back in Wednesday morning.

Smoke from the fire could be seen 14 miles away in Providence.