Cigarette discarded in planter caused fire that destroyed 2 Red Deer homes: officials

RED DEER — Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) determined that a discarded cigarette was the cause of a fire on Sunday.

RDES responded to a fire at Kerr Close in north Red Deer at 10:30 a.m.

Matt White, Red Deer Emergency Services Assistant Deputy Chief, said the fire started on the porch of one of the homes and extended onto the roof of the other home.

“Upon arrival, fire crews found fire showing on the front side of the house, on the porch area, and it had extended up into the roof of the house, and also over to the roof of house number 63 Kerr Close,” he said.

The fire destroyed two homes.

After an investigation, RDES determined the probable cause of the fire to be an improperly disposed cigarette. White said the cigarette was discarded in a planter on the porch.

“That planter had a high peat moss content in it and it supported combustion,” said White.

There were five people total in the two houses at the time of the fire, but no one was injured.

“Both residents had working smoke alarms and we credit that with allowing those people to evacuate safely,” said White.

The total damage to the two homes is estimated to be more than $700, 000.

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