State fire officials are investigating a suspicious electrical fire
extinguished early Saturday just after 1 a.m. at the Sakonnet River
Bridge toll station.
The fire has been ruled as arson,
according to Portsmouth Fire Deputy Chief Michael O'Brien. Both the
State Fire Marshal's Office and State Police are investigating.
and Tiverton firefighters responded to the Portsmouth side just after
1a.m. for a report of a possible brush fire. However, the fire was
discovered in the toll station, a small structure which connects to the
The Department of Transportation was at the bridge
Saturday morning evaluating the cost of damage, which is unknown at this
Residents near the bridge said they could still smell burning wires Saturday morning.
The fire comes only a day before a planned protest on the bridge, which spans Portsmouth and Tiverton.