Firefighters battle blaze in hotel dumpster
By Terry Oparka
Posted July 7, 2017
About a dozen guests were evacuated from the Red Roof Inn at 2350 Rochester Court just before 8:30 p.m. July 5 while firefighters extinguished a blaze in a dumpster 5 feet away from the two-story, wood-framed hotel.
Heavy smoke obscured the 40-yard commercial dumpster being used to hold debris from a remodeling project inside the building, according to the Fire Department.
Firefighters initially thought the hotel may have been involved in the fire, and they searched for and relocated about six hotel occupants from the immediate area until firefighters extinguished the blaze.
“The only thing that burned was the trash inside the dumpster,” said Assistant Troy Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.
The hotel was not involved in the fire, according to a report. Due to the size of the dumpster and the amount of burning debris, a large tow vehicle pulled the dumpster away from the building, emptied the dumpster and then secured it so firefighters could put out the fire, according to a report.
Riesterer said the cause of the fire was not known and damage estimates were incomplete. The guests were allowed to return to their rooms later that evening.
About the author
Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.
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