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Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 6:32 a.m.

'Careless smoking' blamed for house fire

By Staff

Pittsfield Township fire fighters battled an early morning house fire that they said started in the garage.

Fire fighters arrived at the home in the 3000 block of Maple near Packard on the township's east side at about 1:28 a.m. Monday to find heavy smoke visible in the home.

Crews quickly attacked the fire and contained it, according to a news release.

The fire started in an attached garage, according to fire fighters. They said it's believed to have been started by careless smoking.

No one was injured in the fire. All residents of the home had evacuated when fire fighters arrived.

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Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 4:49 p.m.

All smoking is careless.

Chase Ingersoll

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 12:43 p.m.

Here's another with some interesting data showing that residential cooking fires have slowly increased to even while there has been a steady and significant drop in fires caused by heating. 166,500 / 43,700 This would indicate that professionals (contractors, inspectors and property managers) are doing an excellent job, but that residential appliances are not yet developed in ways to prevent people who fry food, from burning up their kitchen. Technology suggestions???


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 1:54 p.m.

Fire suppression system in the overhead range hood? Flames get too high and, WHOOSH!!!, it's Domino's time.


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 1:25 p.m.

answer to your question, is don't let people have them.

Chase Ingersoll

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 12:35 p.m.

My usual statistical response to articles on fires: According to the CDC: Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths (Ahrens 2011). Risk Factors Over one-third (37%) home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms (Ahrens 2011). Most residential fires occur during the winter months (CDC 1998; Flynn 2010). Alcohol use contributes to an estimated 40% of residential fire deaths (Smith 1999).

Fat Bill

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 10:57 a.m.

Personally, as a former 9-1-1 dispatcher, I would have dispatched the fire department to battle a house fire and leave the police department available to battle the bad guys...

Paula Gardner

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 11:09 a.m.

And ... that's exactly what they did! Our mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. Both departments work hard, but in this case - fire fighters were on it.