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Discarded cigarette blamed for Brentwood-Darlington house fire

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One of the most common causes of house fires in the U.S. is 'smoker's carelessness'; it happened again here

When the first firefighters arrived at a Brentwood-Darlington house in the early morning darkness, at 1:30 a.m. on January 28, they reported to dispatch seeing "very heavy fire coming from the side of the home" at 7435 S.E. Henderson Street.

One company of firefighters made sure all three residents had been evacuated from the blazing structure, while others hooked up water lines, set up ladders and attacked the fire.

It didn't take long for crews to quench the blaze, but fire companies stayed for more than an hour making sure all embers were extinguished.

According to a PF&R official, the loss is estimated at $190,000. A fire investigator determined the cause of the blaze to be an improperly discarded cigarette.