City of Valdosta released the following statement today:

 

The Valdosta Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 811 W. Mary Street, at approximately 10:25 p.m., on May 28, 2014.

VFD arrived on the scene to find smoke visible from the bottom floor of the apartment. All occupants were safely located outside the residence, and primary and secondary searches were all clear. The fire was quickly extinguished.

A four-year old was transported to South Georgia Medical Center, as a precaution for mild smoke inhalation; however, the child was later released. The four displaced occupants will be staying with family members.

VFD investigators have determined that the probable cause of the apartment fire, which began in a bedroom closet and resulted an estimated $6,000 in damages, was due to a child playing with a lighter.

VFD Chief Freddie Broome wants to remind citizens that children playing with fire causes hundreds of deaths and injuries each year nationally.  Young, curious children are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters.  Parents and other grown-ups are urged to avoid leaving young children in their homes unattended and to keep items such as matches and lighters up and out of the reach of these young people.

For more information, contact VFD Chief Broome at (229) 333-1835 or visit www.valdostacity.com/fire.

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