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Posted on: November 15, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Smoking Cause of Saturday Morning Apartment Fire

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department officials say smoking was the cause of a fire in an apartment at 310 Byrd Avenue (Maitland Court Apartments) Saturday morning.

MFRD units were dispatched to the address around 8:05. When units arrived on scene, the 53 year old female resident was still in the apartment and was rescued from the unit. She was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital via ambulance with symptoms of smoke inhalation.

Crews extinguished the fire and checked for extensions. Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas was called to the scene to investigate. “It appears that the resident was smoking and fell asleep. There was oxygen use in the home and the cigarette ignited the oxygen tube, carpet, and coffee table,” said Peas. “The unit itself only sustained about $1,000 in damage, but this incident could have been much worse.”

Peas is referring to the fact that smoking in a home where oxygen is used is very dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.

“Smoking should never happen in a home where oxygen is being used,” warned Peas. “In order to prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you also have to be alert. You should always refrain from smoking when you are sleepy,” he continued.

For more smoking safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org.

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