On 02/10/12 at 1:42pm, the Oaks Corners Fire Company was dispatched to the Sugar Creek store at 1731 Rt. 14 in Phelps for a report of a tractor-trailer with the trailer on fire. Deputy Chief Reifsteck & Asst. Chief Rouse called enroute within a couple of minutes and Chief Maney responded to the station to staff the apparatus. While enroute, additional calls to 911 reported smoke coming from the trailer which contained garbage and that the trailer was thirty feet behind the Red Carpet Inn. Asst. Chief Rouse called on location within four minutes and reported a tractor trailer parked behind the motel with smoke showing from the trailer.
Deputy Chief Reifsteck assumed command and reported that the trailer was full of garbage with a fire near the front of the load. He also reported that the trailer would have to be unloaded to reach the fire. Engine 3211, Pumper/Tanker 3231, & Heavy Rescue 3272 responded with a crew of 10. Chief Maney assumed command of the incident and appointed Deputy Chief Reifsteck as Operations. Firefighters donned SCBA & stretched a 1 3/4" attack line with a smooth-bore tip and an additional attack line with foam to the rear of the trailer. Pumper/Tanker 3231 stretched a 4" supply line to Engine 3211. The thermal imaging camera showed fire at the front of the trailer and at the very bottom. The truck driver unloaded the trailer as firefighters extinguished the load. Once the fire was extinguished, pike poles were used to tear apart the trash and foam was used to hit the hot spots.
Phelps Ambulance responded to the scene to stand-by and the Phelps Fire Department was placed on stand-by in their station while the Oaks Corners units were tied up. The truck left Macedon NY and was headed to the Seneca Meadows landfill in Seneca Falls. The fire was ruled to be accidental, and most likely caused by discarded smoking material.