Child Playing with Matches Causes Edinburg Fire


POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 4:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 8:20am

EDINBURG - Edinburg fire fighters rushed out around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night to a house fire on North Terry Road.

Luckily, when they arrived on scene it was just a small fire that the current residents has almost put out themselves. But after the flames were finally extinguished completely, further investigation led to the unfortunate cause of the blaze.

"It was determined it was a fire set by a child playing with matches," said Shawn Snider, Edinburg Fire Chief.

The parents said they later found out their young boy had been attempting to light a fire cracker, but the flame from the match caught part of the room on fire and it spread.

"The damage was confined to a small area of the bedroom, the whole area did not burn, just a very small area where the toy section is, and right adjacent to that we found a big box of matches," said Snider.

Luckily no one was hurt by the flame, but the Fire Chief said that children between the ages of 6 and 14 need to be carefully monitored with matches or anything flammable, just because of their general curiosity of fire.

But even though the fire was small, the mother did sustain minor smoke inhalation.

Even accidental fires, like this one, worry fire officials, they said even though it was a child, they always need to check and make sure playing with fire is not a common occurrence with that minor.

"We called the County Fire Marshall to come and do their investigation and also see if there is a pattern with that, or something that needs to be addressed, or this is the first time; that's a critical thing," said Snider.

For the child, it was a first time mistake and hopefully the last. But the Chief urges the public to continually remind their young children about the dangers of fire and the dangers of using matches.

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