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Bedford Firefighters Extinguish Dumpster Fire At InFab Inc.
Updated May 11, 2015 1:26 PM | Filed under: Fire
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(BEDFORD) - Bedford Fire Department firefighters extinguished a fire at InFab Inc. Friday night. Firefighters arrived at the company in the 2000 block of John Williams Boulevard just after 7 p.m.

"When we arrived there was smoking showing on the west end of the building," says BFD Battalion Chief John Dixon. "We made entry and found a dumpster that held waste paint materials on fire."

Dixon says flames were shooting from the dumpster, but there was no damage to the building.

"The dumpster was in the paint room of the building which has concrete floors and walls and a metal roof," he added. "The fire was contained to that dumpster."

The fire was extinguished and the dumpster was pushed outside of the building.

The fire was caused from spontaneous combustion.

"The oil-based paint in the dumpster began to self-heat and when oxygen got to it, it ignited inside the dumpster," Dixon says.

Dixon says the paint is only put in the dumpster temporarily and then placed in 55-gallon drums.

"However they had not got to that process yet and the paint began to heat up," Dixon added. "But when it is placed in the drums oxygen can't get to it."

Toxic smoke did fill the building.

"There was a lot of dark-smoke that went all to the east end of the building into the office area," Dixon says. "But no was injured and no one was affected by the smoke."

Bedford Police officers did close John Williams Boulevard because a fire hose was across the roadway.

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