Providence Fire Department en First woman firefighter recruit finishes atop new Providence class <p>Mayor Angel Taveras reports that for the first time in the 159-year history of the Providence Fire Department, a women recruit –Alison Philbrick, 28, of North Providence – is graduating at the top of the 54-member recruit class.</p><p>The new recruits range in age from 20 to 44, include 20 Providence residents and three women. Four grads are military veterans, two of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>This year marks the 50<sup>th</sup> class of fire academy graduates in Providence.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:51:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 27192 at Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers <p>Dozens of people were evacuated from buildings on the outskirts of downtown Providence following an underground explosion yesterday.</p><p></p><p>National grid confirmed that the explosion was caused by pressure built up inside an underground utility vault.</p><p>Sarah Longley from was working in the Women and Infants building on Chestnut Street only feet away from the explosion.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:03:26 +0000 John Bender 25049 at Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers Providence fire started by child playing with matches <p>A fire that sent two people to the hospital in critical condition was caused by a child playing with matches.&nbsp; Firefighters say the child was one of the victims.&nbsp;</p><p>Five-year-old Christopher Etienne set a mattress and himself on fire when he played with matches Sunday night at a duplex in the Washington Park neighborhood of Providence.&nbsp; Firefighters found him and 43-year-old Christopher Husband lying outside the Virginia Avenue&nbsp;home with severe burns. Acting Providence fire Chief Michael Dillon says the boy was the more seriously injured of the two.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:53:59 +0000 Flo Jonic 9734 at