This past April, improperly discarded cigarettes have caused three commercial structure fires in Springdale. Luckily, there have been no fatalities with those fires. These incidences highlight the importance of proper cigarette disposal.
The fires are estimated to have caused almost $200,000 in damage and they occurred in the following locations:
Fairfield Inn located at 1043 Rieff St. The fire was reported at 6:29 p.m. on April 5, 2016. Damages are estimated at $50,000.
MarketPlace Grill located at 1636 South 48th St. The fire was reported at 4:04 p.m. on March 29, 2016. Damages are estimated at $100,000.
Holiday Inn located at 1500 S. 48th St. The fire was reported at 3:58 a.m. on March 22, 2016. Damages are estimated at $25,000.
These fires occurred when lit cigarettes were thrown into the mulch that surrounded the businesses," said Springdale Fire Chief Mike Irwin. "All three of the fires started when we had strong winds, which aided in the spread of the flames."
Cigarette-related fires are one of the leading causes of fire deaths in the United States. It is important to remember to properly dispose of cigarettes. Smokers should put cigarettes in an approved receptacle designed for smoking material. If one is not available, the cigarette should be completely put out and no longer smoldering before discarding.
"It only takes one cigarette to start a fire," said Chief Irwin. "Please ensure that you are discarding your smoking material in an appropriate and approved container. This is a small step that you can take to save lives and protect the community."