In order to extinguish an early morning dumpster blaze at Holiday Market Jan. 26, Royal Oak firefighters had to remove a compacting trash dumpster from the loading dock, officials said.

In order to extinguish an early morning dumpster blaze at Holiday Market Jan. 26, Royal Oak firefighters had to remove a compacting trash dumpster from the loading dock, officials said.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Firefighters extinguish dumpster blaze at Holiday Market

Early morning fire doesn’t hinder market from opening

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 26, 2018

 Holiday Market opened for regular business hours Jan. 26 after fire personnel responded to a report of a smoking dumpster.

Holiday Market opened for regular business hours Jan. 26 after fire personnel responded to a report of a smoking dumpster.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

ROYAL OAK — At approximately 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, according to Royal Oak Fire Chief David Cummins, first responders received a report of a possible fire at Holiday Market, 1203 S. Main St., north of Interstate 696.

Cummins said the fire was contained to a compacting trash dumpster connected by a chute to the building, and that it took firefighters approximately an hour and 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, because it required “quite a bit of engineering” to get at the source.

“It was not a spectacular fire, really. There was no flame,” Cummins said. “It never got hot enough to even activate the sprinkler system.”

With the dumpster being located in an alcove, he said, command staff coordinated efforts to use GPS navigation and a loader with a forklift to remove the dumpster from the alcove, dump it and extinguish whatever was left burning.

“The important thing is it was a small fire,” Cummins said. “The way they found out about it, actually, is there’s a little door where the trash comes out … and they smelled a little bit of smoke and thought it was the smoker.”

The meat smoker inside the business, he said, creates ash, and through the investigators’ interview process, market staff said they felt somebody had dumped ash that contained something burning into the trash chute.

“The Fire Department’s official position (on the source of the blaze) is undetermined,” Cummins said.

He said dumpster fires are not common in the city and that the smoking garbage would normally have taken a few minutes to extinguish.

Holiday Market opened for business at its regularly scheduled time, 8 a.m. Jan. 26.