Judge orders fire district to liquidate

A judge ruled Friday that the entire Central Coventry Fire District must be liquidated.

Officials shut down three of the fire district's five fire stations Friday morning.

A Kent County Superior Court judge ordered complete liquidation by 11:59 p.m. on April 11. He said voters have "spoken loudly" and decided to "take the risk."

Residents of the fire district voted down a 36 percent tax hike on Tuesday, a decision officials said left the district without the money to operate.

Central Coventry Fire Station No. 1 on Hill Farm Road, Station No. 3 on Station Street and Station No. 5 on Main Street are closed. Officials said there are two engines and two rescues operating at the Arnold Road and Flat River Road stations.

Unless the governor or the General Assembly act, all five stations will be closed within the next 12 days.

Central Coventry is one of four fire districts in the town.

The next court date is set for Tuesday.