Tampa Fire Rescue: Child playing with lighter causes apartment fire

2:01 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A child playing with a lighter caused $10,000 in damage at a multi-family apartment complex early Wednesday morning, according to Tampa Fire.

Tampa Fire Rescue crews arrived to the apartment complex in the 1500 block of Nuccio Parkway around 8:57 Tuesday night to flames and heavy smoke coming from the first floor.

Photo Gallery: Child accidentally causes apartment fire

Firefighters were able to control and extinguish the fire before it spread to neighboring apartments and no injuries were reported.

Fire investigators say the mother of a child left them with a friend in the complex while she went to the store. While her friend was watching her child, along with two others, one of the children reportedly set the fire while playing with a lighter on the bed.

The child was referred to the Fire Starter Program. The family is working with the local chapter of The American Red Cross.

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