MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a minor fire at the Bee & Thistle Antiques store at 89 Baker Street in Maplewood on Thursday, March 23. This fire did not become more significant due to the "quick response and detailed investigation by Maplewood firefighters," stated a release from the Maplewood Fire Department.
At about 4:52 p.m., the Maplewood Fire Department responded to a report of a possible building fire. Upon arrival, fire personnel initially found nothing showing from the building, However, upon further investigation, firefighters found that an employee from a neighboring business was extinguishing an exterior fire to the rear of Bee & Thistle Antiques with a pot of water, according to the release from the Maplewood Fire Department.
Inside the store there was light smoke, which caused firefighters "to check the interior for possible extension of fire," stated the release from the Maplewood Fire Department. Upon further investigation, firefighters found shelving and boxes located near the rear door which were smoking, and had evidence of burn marks, stated the release.
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," stated the release from the Maplewood Fire Department.
After investigation, the cause of the fire was determined as from "an improperly discarded cigarette in close proximity to the building," stated the release from the Maplewood Fire Department.