Bronx, NEW YORK- Firefighters were called to an early-morning
dumpster fire on the east end of the Bronx Friday and extinguished
a blaze that was dangerously close to the childhood home of Academy
award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
Oily rags and sawdust fueled the flames as fire fighters battled for over
3 minutes doing whatever possible to prevent the fire from spreading
to nearby apartments, one of which being the star’s home during his
early formative years. “Usually we just let these things burn themselves
out,”explained fire department Capt. Fredrick P. McMillins. “But when we
were told that it was close to the Gooding house, we stopped playing foosballand came right away. We can’t let a landmark like that get damaged.”
There has been no word on what started the dumpster fire and arson
investigators have found no obvious signs of foul play as neighbors have
reported little to no suspicious activity.“Ya, I heard what happened,” Gooding Jr.
said in a statement released laterthat day. “I moved out of the Bronx when I was
4 years old so I don’t really remember living there. I’m still glad it didn’t burn down.”
Crews remained for a few hours after the fire was extinguished to clean up debris
and reflect on how close they came to losing such an important piece of local history.
Fire fighters credit alert neighbors and a fast response time for preventing a serious
tragedy. Residents of the Bronx can breath a sigh of relief as their treasured icon is
safe for the time being.