Discarded Smoking Material in a Flower Pot Causes Fire

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017 19:13


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Tony Nuttman, Deputy Fire Marshal


Wednesday, November 02, 2016                     Mike Heston Fire chief






          PULLMAN—A discarded cigarette placed in a flower pot on SE Robin Place ignited the soil and then spread to some wood and damaged a Pullman home Tuesday afternoon.


           Deputy fire marshal Tony Nuttman said that if it wasn’t for some contractors driving by who spotted the flames and called 9-1-1 the house could have been fully involved in flames within a few minutes.  In addition, Nuttman said the house, in the 900 block of SE Robin Place, had a cedar shake roof that would have easily ignited from the fire.


           The homeowner was in the house at the time of the fire and was unaware of the fire before she was alerted by the contractors and the arriving firefighters.


           Nuttman said fortunately the damage was minimal in this instance but it points out the danger of trying to extinguish smoking material in a flower pot filled with potting soil which is largely made up of wood products and will ignite in flames.


 Damage to the structure was limited to smoke, heat and some char damage to an area by the garage.









(Written by Glenn Johnson, PFD/PIO)