Official: Discarded cigarette starts house fire on West Maple

05/05/2014 5:58 PM

05/05/2014 6:38 PM

A cigarette discarded into dry grass Monday afternoon led to $10,000 damage to a house on West Maple, a Wichita fire official said.

A passer-by saw the fire about 2 p.m. and alerted a man and his toddler-age grandson to get out of the house, Lt. Joe Evans said. The house is in the 2900 block of West Maple, which is west of Meridian.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire was a cigarette that was tossed in the grass, igniting a blaze that spread to a wooden privacy fence, carport, metal shed, a detached garage and the house, Evans said. Fire damage was limited to the exterior of the structures, he added.

“People need to be very careful about throwing cigarettes out of car windows,” Evans said. “It’s very dry. We’ve been pretty busy with grass fires.”

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