Warehouse evacuated after dumpster catches fire

Jamie Russell submitted this photo of the dumpster fire using Report!t.
Jamie Russell submitted this photo of the dumpster fire using Report!t.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Firefighters are a investigating a dumpster fire on the 2700 block of South Coliseum Boulevard. Firefighters were called to International Park around 11 a.m. Friday.

Photo of firefighters at International Park
Photo of firefighters at International Park

The unit affected by the fire is rented by RTI and does return services for Toys-R-Us. A Serv-All truck was called to dump out the contents of the dumpster and haul it away. Firefighters spread the contents on the ground and put water over the area to make sure the fire was all out.

An employee told NewsChannel 15 she went out back to throw something away when she saw flames shooting from the dumpster. She and another employee tried to put the fire out with extinguishers but the flames grew.

When firefighters arrived, the whole warehouse had filled with smoke and was evacuated. There are no known injuries.

Firefighters have not said what caused the fire.

A reporter at the scene said the contents of the dumpster looked like plastic kiddie pools and large toy cars.

According to the company website, International Park is an expansive industrial complex with over 1.4 million square feet of space to rent.

 

 

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