PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) -- Just behind where the fire broke out Thursday is Training for Warriors, the gym Keith Jeffrey owns.

He's poured his heart and soul into this space, and the fire is raising concerns about the city' s fire department, which recently had to put an engine out of service.

"Definitely concerning for a business owner like myself, and I know a lot of business owners in this area are talking about it as well," Jeffrey said. "Public safety's got to be number one."

That's the same concern of Eric Darosa, a Pawtucket resident who owns North East Knitting in the building.

"You worry about the house, you worry about the home, but then, you always think about, this is your second home," said Darosa, referring to his business. "My worst fear is for this building to ever go up in a fire. We have over 120 employees here."

Pawtucket Fire Union President Scott Giroux says his group not happy the city removed one of the fire engines from its fleet this fall.

"To take that apparatus away is detrimental to what we do every day," Giroux said. "The concern is the general day–to–day response time."

The city says it had no choice but to take away that engine in order to put an additional much–needed rescue vehicle in service.

Jeffrey says he knows the city budget is tight, but that the city's future depends on strong public safety.

"Pawtucket's definitely on the rise," he said. "I just don't want to see it go up in flames."

Mayor Grebien's office and the fire union say they are currently working on finding a solution to this issue.

 

 

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