Child playing with lighters ignites Ohio house

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LORAIN, Ohio (AP) – A 5-year-old playing with a lighter he found under a bed is being blamed for a house fire that destroyed the second floor of a northeast Ohio home.

The child’s mother managed to get him and a sibling out safely Wednesday when fire swept through the bedrooms of a home in Lorain, west of Cleveland.

Lorain Fire Marshal Jeff Fenn says the child found the lighter underneath his brother’s bed and lit a piece of paper before the fire spread to the bed covers and then “lit the whole bedroom up.”

Fenn said the 5-year-old quickly alerted his mother to what he had done, and that allowed them all to get out of the house safely.

Fire officials were working on a damage estimate.

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