Battery explosion temporarily disrupts ABC 6 Newscasts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — We want to bring you up-to-date on a fire that happened this morning at ABC 6 News that has disrupted our local newscasts.

Clean-up is well underway, with disaster recovery crews working tirelessly. More than 50 dehumidifiers are set-up around the television station to dry out water. Our hardworking engineers are assessing damage and moving equipment to dry areas.

The fire began just before 1:30 a.m. Friday in a locker area of the station. Security camera video captured the fire. At 1:24 a.m., the security video shows smoke coming from an area where camera batteries are stored. After several minutes pass, the video shows flames shooting from the same area.

A producer at the station called 911 aftering hearing a pop and seeing smoke.

Providence fire and police responded. Crews put the fire out quickly. No one was hurt.

The fire damage was contained to the locker area. However, there is significant water damage throughout the television station.

ABC 6 remains on the air with all your holiday programming. We will continue to update you on recovery efforts.

Until then, our commitment to covering news, weather and sports across Southern New England will continue seamlessly here at abc6.com. You can also download our ABC6 News app for continuous updates and push notifications.

We are also keeping you updated @ABC6 News on Facebook and @ABC6 on Twitter.

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