Small Business Administration approves request for aid to Block Island

Firefighters battle a fire at a hotel on Block Island on Aug. 19, 2023. (John Willis)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee said Monday that a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration was approved for businesses and residents of Block Island impacted by the fire at the Harborside Inn.

“The fire at the Harborside Inn was devastating for Block Island residents and business owners,” said McKee. “But thanks to the efforts of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration, help is available for those who have been impacted.”

SBA loan applicants can apply online and get more disaster assistance information here.

What’s left of the Harborside Inn is set to be demolished starting the week of Sept. 11.

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