NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The New Rochelle Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire Tuesday in the rear parking lot, behind William B. Ward Elementary School.
The call came in at 2:35 p.m., according to NRFD Chief Andrew Sandor. Firefighters had the fire under control in 5 minutes.
While officially the cause of the fire is listed as “unknown”, sources tell Talk of the Sound the fire was started when a District employee tossed a lit cigarette into the dumpster which was filled with paper and cardboard boxes.
Michael Matisse was sent home and did not return work. Word is that Matisse’s a likely candidate to be “unexpectedly resigned” soon.
Talk of the Sound readers will be familiar with Mike Matisse, the District mason, best known for converting the elevator room under the House 4 bridge into a private apartment replete with a bed, furniture, a refrigerator, television and an illegal cable tv hook up.
Matisse has made a career of rarely working, shoddy work when he does work and spending most of the day sleeping or aimlessly driving around New Rochelle or hiding out behind schools, while chain-smoking cigarettes. Smoking is prohibited in District vans or school property.