A Sears employee was treated for smoke inhalation Wednesday after a trash bin caught fire next to the store.
A drop chute connects a large trash bin/compactor to the Sears store at the Silver Lake Mall.
Coeur d’Alene fire officials are unsure why the trash bin caught fire Wednesday afternoon.
A sprinkler system prevented the blaze from spreading into the building. Firefighters then extinguished the blaze.
Mike Budvarson, assistant fire chief, said there were numerous items - such as WD-40 and various plastics - that could have played a role in causing the fire.
The employee who was checked by emergency personnel was not seriously injured.