Child with lighter starts fire, second fire damage homes

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Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Margaret Street at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The Bossier City Fire Department responded to two fires Tuesday evening that damaged homes, one that apparently began by a child playing with a lighter.

Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Margaret Street at approximately 5:45 p.m. The first unit arrived within 3 minutes and found flames coming from a bedroom in the front part of the structure.

A woman and two children, an 8-year old girl and a 2-year old boy, were inside the house at the time of the fire and all escaped without injuries. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control and keep it from spreading throughout much of the house.

An investigation by the Bossier City Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau has determined last night’s house fire in the 1200 block of Margaret Street was accidentally started as the result of a child playing with a cigarette lighter.

Firefighters also responded to a fire just before 7 p.m. that damaged a house in the 2800 block of Teague Street.

The fire appears to have originated in the attic of the home where firefighters managed to keep it contained. It took crews about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. Two people were at the house at the time and were not injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.