Devastating Fort McMurray fire sparked by discarded cigarette
Cigarettes sparked 41 fires over last 4 years in northern Alberta city
A fire that destroyed four homes and damaged at least four others in a Fort McMurray neighbourhood earlier this week was started with a casually discarded cigarette, say fire investigators.
"With the warmer weather we're experiencing, paired with the dry conditions, we're urging people to take precaution when discarding their cigarettes," said regional fire chief Darby Allen. "Whether driving on the highway, or discarding in an outdoor ashtray, please ensure that it's completely out."
The fire in the Abasand community was fanned by strong winds.
Firefighters said since 2011 they've responded to 41 fires that were attributed to smoking materials and discarded cigarettes.