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Cigarette sparks fire at Raleigh assisted living center

Posted September 29, 2011

— 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.

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  • firecaptain2000 Sep 30, 2:13 p.m.

    @common_sense "I guess the reason the PD has someone trained in Arson is so that the Fire Investigator can turn over his/her findings to the PD arson guy, so they can lawfully charge him/her."

    That's nowhere near the funniest comment on this thread, but it is surely the most truthful.

  • vollyfire310 Sep 30, 1:33 p.m.

    I wonder why the County even pays for WC-1's salary if RPD has such a superb arson investigation team.

    Take your bashing elsewhere. The hot sign at Krispy Kreme is on.

  • common_sense_plz Sep 30, 1:33 p.m.

    @ Raleigh Joe, I am not a fireman, I guess the reason the PD has someone trained in Arson is so that the Fire Investigator can turn over his/her findings to the PD arson guy, so they can lawfully charge him/her.

  • braddavis Sep 30, 1:21 p.m.

    @Raleigh Joe...The police do not investigate the cause of a fire, that is the Fire Dept Investigator who does this.

    Statistics also show that fire fighters set a lot of the fires.....and that is why RPD has a trained arson investigator.

  • Raleigh Joe Sep 30, 12:27 p.m.

    Common sense...

    Question: why does RPD have a detective that is specially trained as an arson investigator? Answer: because RPD investigates all types of incidents. Including fires. Go back to washing your fire truck.

  • wildcat Sep 30, 12:25 p.m.

    was smoking in a designated area outside the building when his cigarette fell into a crack in the pavement

    The employee should have disposed of the cigarette by putting it completely out and put in the proper place of disposal. Now the management may go to a smokeless property and surroundings.

  • newstip579 Sep 30, 11:05 a.m.

    Gee, first a homicide, now a fire. Don't believe I'd be putting my family in this place.

  • common_sense_plz Sep 30, 11:03 a.m.

    @Raleigh Joe...The police do not investigate the cause of a fire, that is the Fire Dept Investigator who does this.

    Kepp up the good work Raleigh Fire Dept.

  • Raleigh Joe Sep 30, 10:41 a.m.

    The reason they ask the cop is because they actually investigate things for a living instead of sleep at the firehouse most of the day.

  • bmg379 Sep 30, 10:36 a.m.

    as gomer pyle would say, dumb dumb dumb.Why do smokers believe it's ok to discard cigarettes anywhere including out windows of cars.Does anyone remember what happened on I95 when a discarded cigarette flew into a horse trailer and by the time the driver saw it, it was too late for the poor horses.Pinestraw and mulch will both slow burn till they catch fire.

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