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Details released in Wednesday night Casper structure fire

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CASPER, Wyo. —  Details have been released about a structure fire that damaged a Casper home, Wednesday night.

At approximately 10:30 pm, February 26, 2020, Casper Fire-EMS say they were called to a structure fire in the 100 block of North Park Street.

Reports indicated a residential fire in an attached garage. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the structure but no visible fire. Firefighters entered and located the fire in the basement and extinguished it a short time later.

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Two occupants were in the residence when the fire started. Both evacuated safely prior to arrival of firefighters. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Damage to the residence was limited to the basement area under the garage.

The basement was damaged by heat and smoke and the remainder of the structure had light smoke damage. The occupants were able to return to the residence Wednesday night.

“The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental,” Casper Fire-EMS officials said Thursday. Fire investigators determined the cause to be improperly discarded smoking materials, “a discarded cigarette ignited nearby flammables causing the fire.”

In all, five units from Casper Fire-EMS responded. Firefighters were also
assisted by Casper Police, Wyoming Medical Center and a Fire Investigator from Evansville Fire-EMS.

“Casper Fire-EMS would take this opportunity to underscore the importance of safe disposal of smoking materials. Always ensure complete extinguishment and disposal in an appropriate container,” the statement said Thursday. “Place smoking materials in a purpose-designed, non-flammable container or a metal can. Thoroughly douse ashes and butts in water prior to disposing in trash. Never dispose of smoking materials in organic materials such as potted plants.”