Dumpster fire may not have been deliberate: police

Cory Hurley
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There was a fire set in one of the dumpsters at the Pepi Centre parking lot Tuesday.

CORNER BROOK  There is no indication that a fire in a dumpster at the Pepsi Centre parking lot Tuesday was set deliberately, according to the Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Const. Robert Edwards said an officer responded to the 911 call, as well as the Corner Brook Fire Department. Edwards said the investigator had said there was a bag of items inside the dumpster that had been smouldering and smoking.

“There was no indication that it was deliberately set or that it was something in a container that could have heated up over time,” Edwards said. “Right now, there is nothing to suggest it was intentional in any way.”

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which had spread throughout the dumpster by the time they arrived.

Deputy Fire Chief Bill Griffin said the firefighters used water and foam to help get the fire under control.

The firefighters had the city garbage contractor dump the unit to make sure the fire was extinguished completely. The garbage remained on the parking lot afterwards, attracting seagulls picking through the wide assortment of items.

The dumpsters are placed at the Pepsi Centre parking lot to help alleviate the piling up of household garbage due to gaps in the curbside collection schedule during the holiday season.

Although concerned about this type of fire, the local department reported having had a quiet holiday season.

There are many hazards related to activities and practices during holiday celebrations, but there were no related calls to the fire department this season.

Organizations: Pepsi Centre, Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.Const, Corner Brook Fire Department

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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