Unattended Candle Catches Apartment On Fire

By  //  February 15, 2013

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Man Treated At Hospital For Burns

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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Authorities say an unattended candle is to blame for a fire Thursday night that injured a man.

Palm Bay Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday firefighters responded to 1506 Monterey Drive NE, Apartment 102, to a report of a fire.

She said a candle was left on a dresser in a closet at the apartment that started a fire and ended up sending a man to the hospital for a burn injury to his hand.

Martinez said a woman and and a 3-month-old infant also were home when the fire started, but were not injured.

Upon arrival at the scene there was light smoke showing.

According to Martinez, firefighters managed a quick stop that isolated the fire to the room with damage to the apartment firewall that will need to be replaced.

No other units within the eight-unit building have any damage and remain occupied.

The fire is being ruled accidental.

“The candle caught the contents of the closet on fire and spread smoke damage throughout,” said Palm Bay Assistant Fire Marshal Ron Bailey.

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