Foul Play Ruled Out In Suspicious Fire

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Friday, March 24th, 2017


Foul Play Ruled Out In Suspicious Fire

Police and Fire personnel have ruled out foul play as a cause of a fire that consumed a mobility scooter and damaged a building earlier this week.

On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2017 Kawartha Lakes Police and Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue were summoned to a fire at the rear of a Kent St. West building. Click Here For Story Police had originally deemed the fire to be suspicious in nature. Further investigation by Police in conjunction with fire personnel has determined the likely cause of the fire was a nearby container used for putting out cigarettes. It is believed that a cigarette was not properly extinguished and was reignited by high winds at the time. The winds caused embers from the cigarette to ignite a cover that was protecting the scooter.

Police and Fire would like to remind people of the following safety tips when extinguishing cigarettes: Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn. Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.