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Careless use of smoking materials likely cause of fatal Dartmouth fire

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Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency has closed its investigation into a fatal apartment building fire last month on Primrose Street.

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After a thorough investigation, fire officials have concluded the likely cause of the May 19 fire was careless use of smoking materials.

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Investigators use the term “likely” in describing the source because in this case the official cause is undetermined.

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Investigators say the origin of fire was a third-floor apartment unit living room near a couch. However, any evidence that could confirm a cause was destroyed in the fire.

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Fire investigators urge the public to be ever-vigilant in the use and disposal of all smoking materials.

81 Primrose St., Dartmouth

May 19, 2018

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This fire involved a multi-unit dwelling.

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There were multiple minor injuries and one fatality.

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The area of origin was on or near a couch that was located in the living room of an apartment unit on the third floor.

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The likely cause of this fire was careless use of smoking materials, however this fire is ultimately classified as UNDETERMINED.”

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Source: Media Release

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