Child Playing with Lighter Causes Orange County Apartment Fire

Eight people were displaced in the fire and one child was taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation

By Oleevia Woo and Andrew Lopez
|  Monday, Jan 20, 2014  |  Updated 10:34 AM PDT
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Firefighters cut through a apartment's roof to ventilate a fire that destroyed the unit in Buena Park. Raw video from Monday Jan. 20, 2014.

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Firefighters cut through a apartment's roof to ventilate a fire that destroyed the unit in Buena Park. Raw video from Monday Jan. 20, 2014.

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Eight people were displaced in an Orange County apartment fire that started when a 10-year-old child was playing with a lighter in a bedroom, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded around 9:15 p.m. Sunday night to a fire at a two-story apartment complex at 6628 Knott Ave. in Buena Park, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

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The fire was extinguished around 9:45 p.m. Officials said the family was alerted to the blaze by a smoke alarm.

"I went into my bedroom and my mattress and all my clothes were totally on fire," said Mattie Thompson, a tenant of the apartment that caught fire.

A 10-year-old child was taken to Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim for smoke inhalation. It’s unknown whether the hospitalized child is the same child who caused the fire.

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Six adults and two children were displaced in the fire. Red Cross is assisting the displaced, along with tenants from an apartment below that received water damage, officials said. 

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