From Maplewood Fire Department today:
A significant fire was averted at 89 Baker St. on March 23 as a result of a quick response and detailed investigation by Maplewood firefighters.
The Maplewood Fire Department responded at 4:52 p.m. for the reported possible building fire. Arriving fire personnel initially found nothing showing from the building, but upon further investigation, it was discovered that an employee from a neighboring business was extinguishing an exterior fire to the rear of the Bee & Thistle Antiques store with a pot of water. A light smoke condition also existed inside the store, warranting firefighters to check the interior for possible extension of fire.
Further investigation revealed that shelving and boxes located near the rear door were smoking and had evidence of burn marks. The burned shelving and boxes were removed to the exterior of the building and the store was cleared of the smoke, allowing the business to remain open with minimal interruption. Without the quick response and detailed investigation by firefighters, the business could have suffered severe damage and ultimately closed.
Investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was from an improperly discarded cigarette in close proximity to the building.