Todays rains came a little too late to help Westport firefighters douse a dumpster fire at 20 Woody Lane today. Units responded to the scene at 1:25 p.m. and were gone by 2:31 p.m.
Firefighter arrived at the scene off of Cross Highway following a report of heavy smoke. At the site, a construction worker was trying to put out a fire in a 12-yard roll-off dumpster, with a garden hose.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The construction materials in the dumpster werent fully extinguished until the firefighters used a nearby fire hydrant.
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost reminded residents, through a release about the fire, to never attempt to put out a dumpster fire with a garden hose. There is a possibility of explosion from aerosol cans and other cylinders. The smoke might carry toxic chemicals as well. Yost recommends always calling the fire department and maintaining distance from the fire.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.