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MCFD: Cigarette lighter “probable cause” of Sunday’s house fire


This news story was published on August 27, 2012.
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From the Mason City Fire Department –

MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department responded to an alarm for a house fire at 1008 15th Street N.E. on Sunday, August 26th that was reported by an 18 year-old occupant at 10:07a.m.

The house is owned by Doug Hershey.

The occupant noticed light smoke in the house and discovered a fire in a 3 year-old child’s bedroom. When he opened the door to the room he was met with smoke and flame. He took the 3 year-old to a neighbor’s house, notified dispatch, and returned to attempt to rescue family pets and extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher. He was later transported Mercy Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The fire involved an infant’s crib in the bedroom, and was confined to this room. There was light smoke damage to the remainder of the home. Firefighters were on scene until 11:57 a.m.

Probable cause of the fire was a child playing with a cigarette lighter.

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3 Responses to MCFD: Cigarette lighter “probable cause” of Sunday’s house fire

  1. Alex Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    3 year olds get into EVERYTHING. Whether the lighter was in a drawer high up in the kitchen, they get into everything & anything. I have a 4,3 & 1 year old, it’s crazy the stuff they get into & the more you childproof & hide stuff, the more determined they are to get it. Hope everyone is okay from this fire. Sending thoughts & prayers.

  2. wantto know Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    how did a three year old get ahold of a damn lighter??? where were the parents?? will they be charged with chid indangerment??

    • the boys sister Reply Report comment

      September 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Hes a three year old he gets into everything! No they r not grttin charged with nothing. It was a damn accident! My parents are wonderful parents and if u eanna sit there an judge or talk ur smack say it to someones face like mine! Seriously accidents happens. He is a very smart three year old and i will protect him and stand up for my family. Thank you 🙂