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Sutton fire a warning for Massachusetts Gov. Healey that she is placing migrants’ lives in jeopardy

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“Last week, I sent a letter to Governor Healey outlining concerns of Sutton Public Safety Officials in regards to her plan to house migrants at the Red Roof Inn in Sutton.

Attached to the letter was 143 pages of police reports from incidents at the hotel, a June 6, 2023 letter from her Executive Office of Public Safety stating the hotel’s 911 system was not compliant with state code and was “endangering your guests, employees and the public,” and an email from Sutton’s Fire Chief about SFD’s inability to fight a potential fire at the motel due to the lack of a public water source.


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Today, those safety fears turned into reality: six local fire departments were deployed to the hotel when a fire broke out during a cooking incident. The fire resulted in three individuals receiving medical attention and fire damage to the second floor of the motel.

I was en route to the Red Roof Inn to meet with Town Officials and the National Guardsmen deployed by the Healey Administration when the fire broke out. I arrived as several local Fire Departments responded to the call. I could not be more proud in witnessing the calm and organized response of Chief Belsito, the Sutton Fire and Police Departments, and local public safety officials from throughout the Blackstone Valley.

I also can not adequately express my anger with the Administration’s failure to conduct public safety due diligence necessary to protect the stakeholders involved in this migrant shelter crisis.


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People’s lives, from vulnerable migrants to our first responders, have been jeopardized by the lack of forethought and preparation by the Commonwealth in taking on this issue. This is unacceptable. It’s my sincere hope that this fire will serve as a wake up call to the Healey Administration to take the concerns of local Public Safety Officials, and the migrants they are hosting, seriously.”-Ryan Fattman.

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From MassFiscal.org:

Governor Healey’s politically motivated policies could very easily have cost people their lives yesterday.

If Massachusetts had the capacity to take care of these people, we wouldn’t be warehousing them in unsafe hotels in remote, rural parts of the state. Before yesterday’s fire, the Governor was warned by local legislators Senator Ryan Fattman and State Representative Joseph McKenna of the problematic situation. The Governor ignored their warning, and a fire broke out that put many in danger. The Governor needs to stop playing politics and call on President Biden to secure the southern border.

“Following a fire at a dilapidated hotel in Sutton, MA that is now being used by the state to house the massive influx of migrants pouring over the country’s open southern border, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance warned Governor Maura Healey that next time, the consequences could be much worse.


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“Governor Healey’s politically motivated policies could very easily have cost people their lives yesterday. If Massachusetts had the capacity to take care of these people, we wouldn’t be warehousing them in unsafe hotels in remote, rural parts of the state. Before yesterday’s fire, the Governor was warned by local legislators Senator Ryan Fattman and State Representative Joseph McKenna of the problematic situation. The Governor ignored their warning, and a fire broke out that put many in danger. The Governor needs to stop playing politics and call on President Biden to secure the southern border. This lack of leadership is having many negative consequences,” said Paul D. Craney, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

The near-disaster at the Sutton hotel comes just days after Senator Fattman and Representative McKenna penned a letter to the Governor outlining several public safety concerns with the site, including a non-functioning 911 phone system and concerns from the Sutton Fire Chief that the hotel was too far from water main access in the case of a blaze. The letter also pointed out that the Healey administration’s own Executive Office of Public Safety had cited the hotel in both May and June over the non-compliant 911 system and stated they were, “endangering your guests, employees and the public.”

“People’s lives, from vulnerable migrants to our first responders, have been jeopardized by the lack of forethought and preparation by the Commonwealth. This is unacceptable. It’s my sincere hope that this fire will serve as a wake up call to the Healey Administration to take the concerns of local Public Safety Officials, and the migrants they are hosting, seriously,” stated Senator Fattman in a post on his office’s Facebook page.

“This is just the latest in a string of political theatrics designed to placate Healey’s political base rather than addressing the underlying problem behind the overwhelming flood of migrants that have maxed out the Commonwealth’s capacity to absorb. Instead of actually addressing the root cause of the problem, which is a failure of Democrat’s immigration and border policies, Governor Healey has been play-acting at a response. She’s declared a state of emergency, but has taken no emergency actions with the declaration. She’s mobilized the national guard, but has them acting as hospitality workers instead of deploying them to assist at the border. There simply aren’t enough places to house all of these people and no number of soldiers are going to fix that issue if they’re staying here in the Commonwealth,” noted Craney.

“We’ve repeatedly said this issue was going to get much, much worse if we continue down this track and we’re already beginning to see that. Yesterday people were hurt and many could have lost their lives. It’s time for Governor Healey to stop the political theater and take meaningful action that will address this crisis where it is happening—at our country’s unsecured southern border,” closed Craney.”-MassFiscal.org.


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Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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