CFD battles trash fire in IUPUC parking lot

Firefighter Chris Tuttle stretches a fire hose in the IUPUC parking lot. Photo courtesy of CFD.

Columbus firefighters went to work Thursday afternoon after the driver of a trash truck noticed smoke coming from his vehicle.

Capt. Mike Wilson, CFD spokesman, says that at approximately 1:39 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of IUPUC. The call came after a Best Way Disposal truck driver noticed smoke billowing from his trash compactor truck. According to firefighters at the scene, the quick thinking truck operator pulled into a vacant portion of the IUPUC parking lot, where he dumped the burning contents.

Firefighters from station #2, located less than 100 yards from the scene, arrived to find a large pile of burning trash. Firefighters doused the garbage from a nearby fire hydrant.

Wilson says that a representative of Best Way Disposal advised that the debris would be removed by one of their teams.

No one was hurt.