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City Working to Rebuild Easton's Beach Restrooms Quickly

Meanwhile city officials are reviewing personnel procedures after the cause of the fire showed it was an accident waiting to happen.

Photo: Easton's Beach via Facebook
Photo: Easton's Beach via Facebook
Portable restrooms and a shower will be in place at Easton's Beach this weekend — just in time for opening Memorial Day activities in Newport and just days after a Monday afternoon fire destroyed a bath house.

City officials are already making plans to rebuild, with staff developing a plan this week in the hopes of getting approvals from the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust — a statewide risk-sharing pool.

Meanwhile, firefighters have completed their investigation and it has prompted an additional review of personnel procedures since the fire.

Though it was ruled accidental, it appears that it could have been prevented.

The investigation showed that staff was in the building staining railings on the second floor.

The workers  were storing cardboard and drip cloths in the restroom so the cardboard could be used again the next day.

Storing saturated cloths and cardboard in a confined area is a recipe for disaster as the materials can become heated due to a chemical reaction. When in a confined space, the heat has nowhere to go and temperatures escalate, eventually reaching ignition point.
William Denton May 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM
How can it be ruled accidental and at the same time preventable? Only in Newport blunt negligence is ruled accidental.
Jack Baillargeron May 23, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Sorry William; But by your logic there is no such thing as a car accident in vast number of cases. Negligence is negligence though and leads to an accident. ac·ci·dent /ˈaksidənt/ noun noun: accident; plural noun: accidents 1. an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. "he had an accident at the factory" Just saying ;-}
Jack Baillargeron May 23, 2014 at 01:06 PM
I agree easily preventable, just read the can of the product you are using duh.

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