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‘Ice bucket challenge’ participant douses Rock Hill trash compactor fire

A man participating in an “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for ALS research tried to put out a fire in a trash compactor in the parking lot of a Rock Hill apartment complex on Thursday afternoon, police said.

A woman told police she saw a man trying to burn a laptop computer in the parking lot of the apartment complex in the 2300 block of Eden Terrace, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Once the man realized he had been spotted, the report states, he tried to extinguish the fire and ran inside his apartment. He then returned and “ran back and forth to the trash compactor multiple times.

The witness told police after the man returned to his apartment for good, she noticed that the compactor was on fire.

Police talked to a man who lives at the apartments, who told them he had been participating in an “ice bucket challenge” when he noticed the fire. He said he dumped the ice water onto the fire in the compactor, but it was not enough to put out the flames.

Rock Hill firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which caused minimal soot damage to the campactor, the report states.

Police are still investigating.