Villages firefighters battle rolling dumpster fire and flaming hay bales

It’s been a busy week for The Villages Public Safety Department.

On Friday afternoon, flames shot out of a dumpster when a truck pulled into the back parking lot of Villages Public Safety Station 44 on Morse Boulevard on its way to a nearby landfill.

Firefighters from the village public safety department battled a fire in a dumpster pulled by a Hewitt Environmental Services truck Friday afternoon.

On Friday, firefighters fought a fire that came to them in an unusual twist. The driver of a Hewitt Environmental Services truck hauling a dumpster loaded with burning rubble pulled into the rear parking lot of Station 44 at 3035 Morse Blvd. just after 1:30 p.m. A motorist had alerted the driver to the flames. He shot out of the back of his truck as he went to the nearby landfill.

Firefighters quickly climbed into the parking lot to fight the fire. The driver tipped the load for easier access and the flames were extinguished in about three minutes. The driver then drove to the landfill to unload his cargo.

Firefighters from the Village Public Safety Division and the Sumter County Fire and EMS fought a hayfire on County Road 470 Wednesday evening. Photo by Sheldon Levi

On Wednesday evening, Villages firefighters and their colleagues from Sumter County Fire and EMS fought a hayfire on County Road 470 between County Road 501 and the Florida Turnpike.

The crews of Villages Engines 46 and 47, as well as Attack 45 and a battalion chief, joined forces with Sumter County firefighters on engine 21 and tanker 12 to fight the flames that were fired from rolled hay on a gooseneck flatbed trailer. The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. and it took the firefighters more than three hours to get the flames under control.

It took firefighters more than three hours to extinguish a trailer full of hay that went up in flames Wednesday evening. Photo by Sheldon Levi

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