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Boy playing with lighter starts Lacey house fire

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. (Photo courtesy of Lacey Fire Department)
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. (Photo courtesy of Lacey Fire Department)

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.

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.

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