Cigarette sparks fire at Raleigh assisted living center
Posted September 29, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Some residents of a north Raleigh assisted living center were forced to leave Thursday afternoon when a discarded cigarette sparked a fire, police said.
An employee of Elmcroft of Northridge, at 600 Newton Road, was smoking in a designated area outside the building when his cigarette fell into a crack in the pavement. It smoldered and eventually ignited a number of other cigarette butts that had accumulated in the crack, police said.
A fire extinguisher was used to put out the fire, police said. No injuries were reported, and the building wasn't damaged.
The fire forced police to close two blocks of Newton Road for about an hour.