As we looked, the fire started taking hold:
She immediately called 911...and we waited for the fire truck to arrive.
It seemed as if a fire cobra were consuming the dumpster...
The fire engine arrived (I go past Fire Station no. 30 every day, on my walks, so I know it's very close by)...
Here's a video of the firefighters hosing down the fire:
High-pressure water went into the dumpster:
Soon, the fire was out. The firefighters (they told us later) looked in, and were relieved to find no incendiary substances..or a dead body...
Here are some of the fighters:
Their work done, they accepted our thanks, and drove away.
This was a simple job...but it could easily have been a dangerous and difficult one. My salute to the firefighters everywhere.