An East Providence wood pellet factory that burned for hours Tuesday was up to fire code, the city's fire chief said.
Chief Oscar Elmasian said dust was the cause of an explosion and four-alarm fire at the Inferno Wood Pellets Co. on 275 Ferris Ave.
It took about 70 firefighters from six departments to get the blaze under control.
"Within 20 minutes we went to a fourth alarm due to the complexity of the business and the size of the building.
Elmasian said investigators are still trying to find out what was the cause of the dust explosion.
However, residents who live near the plant were more concerned whether the factory was up to fire code when the explosion happened.
"Code enforcement is an ongoing, work in progress. Inspections have been conducted at this facility. The owner of the business has had a professional engineer included with all things that are needed in here. So we have kept up with code enforcement with this building," Elmasian said.
The chief also said he did not believe that the number of responses to the factory has been excessive.
"There has been talk on how we're here four and five times a day. We have been here 42 times in the last year. And all of those numbers aren't necessarily for fire runs," Elmasian said.
One worker was injured in the fire. Elmasian said the worker suffered first-and second-degree burns, but has been released from the hospital.
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