Fire that damaged 18 apartments caused by a cigarette

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire that tore through 18 apartments in south Anchorage, displacing 42 residents and causing an estimated $400,000 in damage, was caused by a cigarette.

No residents were injured in Friday's blaze, but a firefighter suffered a broken nose.

The fire was caused by a cigarette that had been snuffed out in a planter on a second floor balcony, said Cleo Hill, a spokeswoman with the Anchorage Fire Department. The tenants confirmed they were smoking on Friday and put out their cigarettes in the planter.

The 36-unit building is divided by a fire wall in the center, so firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the eastern 18 units.

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