WAUSAU (WAOW) – A cigarette butt ignited a fire that damaged a Wausau home Wednesday, the Wausau Fire Department said.
Firefighters cut a 2-foot by 2-foot hole in an outside wall to put out the fire, and little interior damage occurred, Battalion Chief Paul Czarapata said.
The fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. at the corner of North Third and McIndoe streets, causing an estimated $200 in damage, he said.
Investigators believe a cigarette butt that was still smoldering somehow got up against a sill plate of the house and started the fire, Czarapata said.
Someone driving by saw smoke and called 911, he said.
Czarapata said firefighters found evidence of cigarette butts on a porch of the home and on the ground near where the fire erupted, providing evidence of the danger of not properly disposing of smoking materials.
The wind can blow a smoldering cigarette butt into a crack in the wood, he said.