From Maplewood NJ Fire Chief Michael Dingelstredt:
At 11:19 a.m. on Friday, April 13, Maplewood Fire Dept. responded with Tower Ladder 31 and Deputy 3 to a report of a dumpster fire in the rear of a building on Maplewood Ave. DC Salkowski arrived and found a dumpster burning in the rear of 164-166 Maplewood Ave. Due to the proximity to a fence and the back of the building, DC Salkowski upgraded the assignment, also bringing
Eng. 32 and Eng. 33 to the scene. Attempts by business employees to extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of the Fire Department were unsuccessful. The fire was contained to the contents of the dumpster and was quickly extinguished using a 1-3/4” handline. Hallway smoke detectors activated in 166 Maplewood Ave. due to a minor smoke condition from a rear door to the building being left open. There was also a slight smoke condition in a basement food prep area. Both areas were ventilated by natural means. The Health Dept. was notified to respond due to smoke in the prep area.
Investigation revealed multiple cigarette butts in and around the dumpster. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but improper disposal of smoking materials cannot be ruled out. All companies returned to service at 11:59 a.m.