Child Playing with Lighter Causes Orange County Apartment Fire - NBC Southern California

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



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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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