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Child + cigarette lighter = house fire

May 26, 2011 2:27:00 PM - thestate.com
Lexington County Fire Service firefighters determined a child playing with a cigarette lighter started a fire in the bedroom of a Scene Drive home.

Firefighters were called to the mobile home at 2935 Scenic Drive around 9:45 a.m. Thursday and found the bedroom engulfed in flames, the fire service said.

They needed just 10 minutes to put the fire out, but it caused an estimated $3,000 in damage.

Everyone in the house at the time of the fire got out safely, the fire service said.

Battalion Chief John Hendrix said the fire was a good opportunity to remind parents to keep lighters and other fire-starting materials secured away from children and teach children basic fire safety.

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