Porch fire caused by cigarette butts

BRATTLEBORO — A fire started by cigarette butts Sunday night at 131 Frost St. was kept to the porch and only affected the exterior of the building.

"They got here literally just in time," said Cody Hall, one of the residents.

Hall said his family would be able to stay at the home. He lives in an apartment downstairs, and his mother and stepfather live in an apartment upstairs. A third floor apartment is vacant.

Hall's fiancee, father and 7-month-old daughter had been inside at the time of the fire. His father reported it.

The call was upgraded to a second alarm when the fire had extended into the roof porch.

"Crews made an aggressive attack to hold it to the porch and roof," Brattleboro Fire Department said on Facebook. "Building occupants will be able to reoccupy."

The investigation team said the fire was caused by "improper disposal of cigarette butts."

Fire Chief Mike Bucossi said residents had an area set up outside where they could smoke.

"They were using a plastic container for a butt can and that melted down and started the fire," he said, noting that the fire did not extend inside.

Bucossi said the second floor tenant dislocated his shoulder coming downstairs to get the fire extinguisher and his wife was taking him to have x-rays. Several pets in the building were "all OK," he added.

The fire was reported at 3:55 p.m. and was deemed under control by 4:27 p.m., Bucossi said. Other fire departments covered the Brattleboro station. The Brattleboro Police Department closed the street. Rescue Inc. was on scene. The town's water department also assisted.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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