Over the weekend of July 4th, 120 dumpster fires were reported in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Firefighters are still responding to calls related to fireworks in the St. Louis area. On July 4 and 5, the St. Louis Fire Department responded to 120 calls to burn dumpsters in the neighborhood.

Most were likely caused by smoldering remains of firecrackers.

“This is totally out of control,” said St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson. “Usually, the dumpsters are right next to a garage. We also had several garage fires over the weekend.”

He said an extended bank holiday weekend, with July 4 falling on a Monday, was a contributing factor. Dumpsters are full of garbage and no garbage collection for three days in a row.

“One thing leads to another, a long bank holiday weekend where the Fourth of July falls on a Monday,” Jenkerson said. “It adds up. The numbers speak for it.”

According to the St. Louis Fire Department, firefighters responded to 75 dumpster fires on Independence Day, up more than 20 from the previous year. On July 5, there were 45 more dumpster fires during a triple-digit heatwave.

On July 4th, there were 16 building fires in the city of St. Louis, compared to 11 last year. People have already piled new rubbish on top of the ashes.

The city of St. Louis is reporting about 1,600 dumpsters that need replacing, not counting those wrecked this week. Plans are to replace one by the end of the year at a cost of nearly $1,300 in parts and labor. The total cost is nearly $2.1 million.

Firefighters suspect firecrackers caused a house fire in Florissant early in the morning of July 5.

Jenkerson is considering a change of strategy for next July 4th.

“It might be worth getting more of my firefighters on the road in cars,” Jenkerson said. “Putting battalion chiefs in cars off duty to drive around and try to stop some of these demonstrations. It has to be done. As I said before, this is not a home fireworks display. Those are big, big bombs going off. If you fire a 2″ grenade 100 feet from a house, that’s not enough distance.”

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/120-dumpster-fires-reported-in-st-louis-over-july-4-weekend/ Over the weekend of July 4th, 120 dumpster fires were reported in St. Louis

Nate Jones

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