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Mulch fire in city parking lot

A mulch fire is reported in the parking lot at Save-A-Lot in the city. That's at the corner of Jackson and Ellicott streets. City fire is on scene.

UPDATE 4:01 p.m.: The call to dispatch was made by DPW.

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Fire commands reports mulch fire was out upon their arrival. The assignment is back in service.

UPDATE (By Howard): Fire started by a discarded cigarette, apparently. A passerby stomped it out before fire crews arrived.

david spaulding
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Joined: Sep 12 2011

DPW can make a phone call but can't stomp out a cigarette butt....... a real hero who must be proud

tom hunt
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Joined: Jan 31 2009

How much did this cost the taxpayer?? And how much paperwork did this generate?? I could have pissed on it for free.

Jason Crater
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Joined: Aug 25 2009


Thank you, Mr. Cigarette stomper outer. You did the work of 11 public employees. You weren't afraid to get ashes and black mulch on the bottom of your shoe. You put yourself out there for the betterment of the community.

To you sir, we all raise our glass.

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Mark Potwora
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Joined: May 14 2008

I agree with Dave...Did we really need to call the fire dept..Some one on the street with no fire training puts out a mulch fire and the DPW does nothing..

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Joined: May 22 2009

A discarded cigarette? Must have been a rich person......and don't go too hard on the DPW guys and gals.....it's just the "It's not my job" syndrome. And Tom H....you would have been cited for "Indecent extinguishing of a fire". And your feelings probably would have been hurt, when the bystanders started pointing and giggling!!

Howard B. Owens
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Joined: Apr 23 2008

I'm not sure what Billie heard ... I heard the first dispatch and didn't hear any mention of DPW ... there could have been something else mentioned after I left the office, I don't know ... if DPW was involved, it was only in passing because they were no where around at all when I arrived on scene.

Of course, if DPW had stopped to put out the fire, people would be bitching that they weren't fixing a pothole instead or making the benches face "the right way" or something.

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