Apartment fire blamed on discarded smoking material

News Leader 9 has more details on the fire that displaced families and destroyed homes last week.

The fire at the Avalon Apartments has been ruled a misuse of smoking material, says Columbus Fire Chief Ricky Shores.

A cigarette was left on the balcony of the fourth floor and ruled an accidental fire.

The fire moved quickly into the attic.

It has also been determined there is $500,000 worth of damage done to structure.

Six units were damaged by fire and 18 units damaged by water alone.

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