Fire crews responded to an early morning structure fire in Casper, that left two homes uninhabitable. Investigators believe improperly discarded smoking materials were the cause of the blaze.
At approximately 5:00 am Monday, June 22, Casper Fire-EMS says they were called to a structure fire in the 1200 block of North Durbin Street.
Crews arrived to find a single family residence with fire on the exterior. Firefighters say the fire was extending into the interior and to a second, single family residence next door.
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“Firefighters initially attacked the exterior fire and transitioned to an interior attack on both structures. The fire was brought under control a short time later,” a Casper Fire-EMS statement said Monday.
The residence the fire originated in was occupied at the time of the fire and two occupants reportedly evacuated prior to arrival of firefighters. The second residence that was affected by the fire was unoccupied.
No injuries were reported.
“Damage to both structures is substantial and neither are able to be occupied. The affected residents were assisted by the City/County Burn Fund as well as the Red Cross,” Fire officials said.
“Investigators have determined the fire was started by improperly disposed smoking materials. Smoking materials disposed outside of the residence ignited nearby flammables and spread on the exterior,” the written release from Casper Fire-EMS said Monday. “An investigation of a separate fire on North Beech Street last week also was determined to be the same cause. Unfortunately, this has become a very common fire cause in Casper. “
Casper Fire-EMS says these fires are easily preventable and urges citizens and visitors to always dispose of smoking materials in an appropriate container. Containers should be made of non-combustible materials like metal or glass. The container should have water in it.
Always verify complete extinguishment of smoking materials when placed in the container and place a metal lid on it. Never dispose of smoking materials in potted plants or other combustible containers.