A townhouse fire in Lacey Monday evening that sent a man to the hospital was started by a boy playing with a lighter, according to the Lacey Fire District 3.
Crews arrived at a two-story townhouse in the 1700 block of Sulky Drive Southeast after dispatch received a call about 8 p.m. from a woman saying she thought her 4-year-old son had accidentally started a fire in a bedroom closet, according to a department news release.
The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes and caused an estimated $35,000 in damage. Fire crews were able to put out the fire before it could spread to the adjoining townhouse.
A man was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital for observation.
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Investigators confirmed the fire was started because the boy had been playing with a lighter. The case has been forwarded to the district’s juvenile fire-setter specialist for follow-up.
The Olympia Fire Department also responded to the blaze.