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Discarded Cigarettes Cause Two Fires in Solon

Minimal damage and no injuries reported from outdoor fires at the Solon Senior Center on Sunday and an apartment in Liberty Hills this morning.

In two days, the has dealt with two cigarette-related outdoor fires, said Fire Chief Bill Shaw.

Both fires, one at the Solon Senior Center and the other at an apartment at Liberty Hills, caused minimal damage and no one was injured.

On Sunday afternoon, mulch near the Solon Senior Center caught fire, causing about $3,000 in damage to plants, patio furniture and a stockade fence. Shaw said the fire was likely caused by discarded cigarettes.

And then on Monday morning, a resident of an apartment on Hamilton Court called 911 to report a fire on the apartment balcony, caused by improperly discarded cigarettes.

The woman was notified of the blaze by her downstairs neighbor. Firefighters arrived shortly before 7 a.m. to find parts of the balcony still burning. They put out the fire and checked the apartment building to make sure the fire did not spread.

The damage is estimated at $5,300.

Contributing to the fires was likely the dry and hot drought conditions the region is experiencing, Shaw said.

Suzi Castiglione July 02, 2012 at 06:57 PM
How sad and absolutely avoidable.
Elliot Ness July 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Smokers are selfish pigs, They don't care where they throw their butts, dumping them at intersection lights, stop signs, where ever the feel like. And many think the rest of us are just intolerate. Its a filthy, disgusting habit.
Laura O'Connor July 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Some, sadly, are BUT it is unfair to generalize that ALL are. It's a digusting habit...to you, but I'm sure you have a couple of your own I'd find digusting, too.
Elliot Ness July 03, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Hardly, I shower and smell fresh & clean. Smokers shower, drown themselves in cologne or some other noxious odor to cover the stench of your smelly cigarettes. Three hours after cleaning up, smokers reek like an ashtry. Hair, skin, breath, all clothing not to mention the yellow teeth and fingers. I manage sales reps that call on our customers. I have sent people home to change clothes because they smelled so bad. All with the blessing of HR, and appreciation of those that had to endure the stench. Smoking, by its nature is not socially acceptable. Even if you pick up your butts, we all have to smell you, and you to smell. Put a bag over your head and light up, spare the rest of us that have to pass by.

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