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Press Release Smoking Cause of Susan Drive Fire in Westfield

For immediate release:
5/07/2019
  • Department of Fire Services
  • Westfield Fire Department

Media Contact for Smoking Cause of Susan Drive Fire in Westfield

Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

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WESTFIELDWestfield Fire Chief Patrick Egloff and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of last night’s fire at the home at 136 Susan Drive in Westfield was the improper disposal of smoking materials. Two people were home at the time of the fire. A child was taken to the local hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire started in the kitchen, near the sliding door to the rear deck. The smoking materials burned through the floor and ignited rotten wood underneath and other items stored on the basement floor. Investigators found remnants of a burned and melted ashtray. The resident was known to smoke Newport cigarettes.

The Westfield fire investigators, Westfield detectives, and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal jointly investigated this fire.

Chief Egloff said, “We are fortunate both that the fire started at 5:34 p.m. when people were awake and that the smoke alarms worked and alerted them to the danger. Otherwise this fire could have had a deadly outcome.”

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires. It is important for smokers to be responsible and put out their cigarettes or other smoking materials all the way, every time, and to discard cigarettes safely. Place them in a can with water before disposing of them in the trash.”

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