A burning odor in the city of Cortland last night (May 1) led fire crews to the discovery of a dumpster fire just feet from an occupied multi-family residence.
Thankfully, no occupants or firefighters were injured.
Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman says his crews were called to the scene around 10:30 last night. They were initially dispatched to Central Avenue, but were able to follow the actual fire to a commercial dumpster in the area of 41 East Court Straight.
First responders arrived to visible flames and smoke, with heat from the fire clearly threatening the aforementioned residence, as well as a nearby construction trailer and a garage.
Crews worked quickly and were able to almost immediately extinguished the fire with no injuries and minimal damage.
They spent time cooling all of the exposures, while National Grid was called to the scene due to potential involvement of power lines above the dumpster.
The Fire Department’s Investigation Team is now trying to determine a cause of that fire, with help from the Cortland Police Department and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Arson Bureau.
A total dollar loss has also not been determined at this time. Firefighters cleared the scene early this morning.