INVESTIGATORS: Child Playing With Lighter Started Fire

Investigators say a child playing with a lighter started an apartment fire in Greenville Tuesday afternoon.

Six people were displaced by the fire on Concord Drive around 4:15 p.m.

Battalion Chief Shannon Terry says a child with a lighter started the blaze in an upstairs bedroom. The actual fire was limited to that bedroom, but the rest of the apartment received smoke damage. There were no injuries.

Family members tell WITN that there was a six year old and a one year old in the apartment, along with their grandmother, when the fire started.

Juvenile detectives with the police department are further investigating the fire.


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The Red Cross says it is continuing to work with six people displaced by a fire on Concord Dr. in Greenville. The organizations says two families were affected by the Tuesday afternoon fire. One of the families was inside when the fire started, but all three people escaped without injury.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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Greenville firefighters say they are still investigating an apartment fire on Concord Drive from Tuesday afternoon.

The fire happened just after 4 p.m., causing all surrounding roads into the apartment complex to be closed down for a few hours.

While crews say they are still looking into the cause of the fire, witnesses say the fire started inside the apartment and all three family members were able to escape with no injuries.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 02:18 AM
    if lighters and matches should not be in their house then how would they smoke the crack???
  • by 1970 on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    When I was a boy, government TV commercials bombarded the airwaves with public service announcements. Many were "Smokey Bear", then eventually "Woodsy Owl". Fact is, this use to happen more often. The government runs warnings of "playing with matches" or "abandoned refrigerators" more often when they become a common current threat. Maybe it's time again?
  • by Brenda Adams Location: ahoskie on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    KEEP MATCHES AND LIGHTER'S OUT OF REACH JUST AS YOU WOULD GUNS WHEN THERE ARE CHILDREN AROUND!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Smoking cigarettes in one's house and leaving lighters for children to play with- are very serious public health risks and parents/adults need to be more careful !
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      by Just sayin.. on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to
      Ever heard of a lighter to light a candle, or a grill... Don't be so ignorant.
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        by That's So 50 Years Ago on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM in reply to Just sayin..
        Just joking, but really....think about it. Lots of people don't have charcoal grills (gas grills have igniters), and crankable flashlights have made candles nearly obsolite (except for ambience & mood). So, except as a last resort, candles are (for the most part) a thing of the past. I have 2 "Emergency Candles" (burns for 60 hours) that have been on the shelf since hurricane Fran in 1996. 'Nuff Said?
  • by Roads on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
    closed down for a "few" hours... Sounds about right
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
    Thanks to Greenville Fire/Rescue, and Police, you were there very quick as always. I appreciate your hard work and dedication to your profession.
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