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Reminder for Proper Disposal of Hot Ashes and Coals

Reminder for Proper Disposal of Hot Ashes and Coals

April 19, 2021

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to two residential fires on Sunday, April 18, where the fires originated from YARDY containers positioned next to structures.  Both fires were caused by improper disposal of hot ashes. 

The first fire was reported on Sunday, April 18 at 1:26 p.m. at 962 Maplewood Drive NE.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fire near the YARDY, trash, and recycling containers near an exterior wall of the home.  Fire crews were able to knock down the fire and prevented any extension into the residence.  The occupants indicated that they had a recreational fire the night before, watered down the ashes, and then threw the ashes into the YARDY on Sunday morning.

The second fire was reported on Sunday, April 18 at 5:50 p.m. at 4224 Benton Street NE.  The fire was originally reported as smoke coming from the roof.  Cedar Rapids Police officers arrived on scene prior to the Fire Department and were able to use a garden hose to knock down a fire on the exterior of the home.  There was fire damage to the exterior of the home, but no extension into the residence.  The occupants conducted a recreational fire on Saturday night and had placed ashes in a YARDY container.  The melted YARDY was found by the exterior of the home.

The Fire Department would like to remind the public to properly dispose of hot ashes and coals left from grills, fireplaces, and recreational fire pits.  Hot coals or hot ashes should not be placed in plastic containers, including YARDY containers.  If possible, allow the ashes and coals to cool.  The fireplace or grill is designed to contain their heat safely.  When it is time to dispose of ashes and coals, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down.  Place the metal lid on the metal container outside of your home or garage and away from combustibles.

For more fire safety information, visit the Fire Department Web site at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire.

 

 

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