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Candle to blame for a fire that ravaged several businesses

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Dec 9, 2013

Lakeland fire
A person living in a storage area behind a strip mall was responsible for a recent fire that damaged four businesses.

A candle used by the individual, who had permission to be there, had accidentally ignited a nearby mattress, states a report from Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) in Florida. A cluster of businesses in the building--including a tattoo parlor, barber shop, thrift store, and Latin restaurant--were fortunately empty at the time of the fire. Some businesses, however, sustained a collective $300,000 in damage. There were no injuries.

Review all of NFPA's tips on candle safety to prevent a similar event from occurring. Thanks to PCFR for photos of the event:

Strip mall fire

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