National Education Association of Rhode Island Executive Director Robert A. Walsh was at the Ocean State Follies Friday night when a picture of smoke pouring out of his office building at 99 Bald Hill Road appeared on his phone.
At first, "I thought it was a humorous picture," Walsh said.
But it wasn't.
Cranston Fire Department Dep. Chief Stephen Joyce said the fire, which started around 10 p.m, appears to have started in Elan Designs, a salon next door to the NEARI office in the multi-unit commercial building right near the Cranston and Warwick border.
The fire remains under investigation.
Walsh said his office suffered smoke damage and "there were issues making sure it had not spread into the ceiling."
"Still assessing," Walsh said, noting that it was a good thing he wasn't the Follies' mystery guest.