Lit cigarette causes St. Williams fire
A mother and her young daughter are safe after their St. Williams house caught fire Jan. 1.
Emergency crews were called just after 5 a.m. for a structure fire on Townline St.
The female occupant discovered a smoldering chair and moved it outside to the front porch. Once the chair was outside, the fire grew and spread to the side of the house.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire on the outside and used a thermal imaging camera to make sure the fire hadn’t extended to the rest of the house.
An investigation determined a lit cigarette was the the cause of the fire, said a media release issued by Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services.
Most of the fire damage was contained to the outside of the home, but the inside sustained a significant amount of smoke damage. Damage is estimated to be $20,000. The family will be able to return to the home once the repairs have been made, said the release.
The home didn’t have a working smoke alarm or CO alarm.
Significant damage was sustained on the outside of a St. Williams home when a chair on fire was moved to the front porch. A Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services investigation determined the probable cause of the fire was a cigarette.