Cortland City Firefighters yesterday (October 15) morning extinguished a fire in the bed of a loaded dump truck that was parked in the backyard of a residence near the corner of South Main and Crawford Streets.
Crews were originally dispatched just before 9 a.m. to an alarm activation inside a nearby location at 181 Main Street.
Acting Deputy Chief Duane Pierce said he and other first responders arrived to find smoke pluming from the actual scene of the fire, just up the street at 219 Main Street.
The source was construction debris burning in the bed of a parked dump truck, which Pierce said had already melted the siding on a nearby garage buy the time his department got there.
According to officials, the owner of the property was asleep inside the adjacent home and unaware of the fire until he was woken up by responding officers with the Cortland Police Department.
Authorities are now investigating the exact cause of the fire.