Child playing with matches started early morning house fire
The saying goes don't play with fire or you might get burned, and child learned that lesson Friday in Regina.
Fire crews were called to a home at 1818 Halifax street Friday morning by a passerby who saw smoke.
“Fire crews arrived and quickly extinguished the small fire which was upstairs in the bedroom, said Gerard Kay, the deputy chief of public safety, planning and prevention.
The family got out of the house quickly and no one was hurt, but there was over 50-thousand dollars worth of damage done to the home.
Kay said investigators discovered something interesting when they looking into the cause of the fire.
“The investigator went to the scene and determined through interviews and looking at the fire itself that it was started by a child playing with matches.”
Children playing with matches used to be a big cause of fires in Regina, but not so much anymore.
“We’ve since put in some intervention programs and public awareness, and it’s really curtailed this activity,” said Kay.
He is reminding people to keep matches and lighters out of reach of children to stop such incidents from happening.
“Children and matches don’t mix.”