Maumelle firefighters don’t mind laundry duty — especially when it’s on fire.

The Maumelle Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 4:22 p.m. Saturday afternoon for a report of a fire at 102 Champs Blvd. Upon arrival at Cintas Corporation; firefighters found three dozen large metals bins burning in the parking lot. The bins contained dirty rags, mop heads and linens that are serviced by the business.

Engine 1 and Engine 2, staffed with two firefighters each, responded on the initial alarm. Two 1.75-inch diameter hoses from Engine 1 were used to extinguish the blaze, which kept firefighters on scene for nearly an hour.

In addition to the four career firefighters on scene, two volunteer firefighters and Fire Chief George Glenn also responded. The North Little Rock Fire Department was requested to respond into Maumelle, but was unavailable to do so because of a large fire in their city. Two off-duty career firefighters were recalled to work in order to provide protection for Maumelle while crews worked on scene. (Photo by Bo Hagar)

In other fire calls

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday, a person in the Woodland Drive pocket park noticed smoke and flames coming from the back of a house on Rockledge Place and called 911.

Maumelle Engine 1 and Engine 2 arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and quickly stretched a hose line to the rear of the residence. The arrival of fire engines came as a surprise to the occupant, who had been inside the house and was unaware of the fire.

Within two minutes, firefighters knocked down the blaze burning on a back deck and prevented it from spreading to the house itself.