House fire blamed on discarded butts

Monday, July 23, 2007 | 2:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Discarded cigarette butts caused a weekend fire that destroyed a house at 509 Banks Ave., the Columbia Fire Department said today.

Fire investigators said the blaze started Saturday morning in an attached garage after the occupants put cigarette butts in a trash bag and then went on a family trip.

The Fire Department estimates that the house is a total loss. Damage was estimated at $100,000 to $150,000, according to the Fire Department. That includes three cars parked in front of the house and siding on a house next door — all damaged by the heat of the fire.

The Boone County Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the displaced family with temporary housing, clothing and food.

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