Jul 31, 2015 12:03 PM
UPDATE: Officials say 3-alarm Laconia fire caused by cigarette, plastic bucket
LACONIA - The 3-alarm fire that burned down three town houses on Wednesday was started by a cigarette that was not fully extinguished.
A cigarette had been left outside in a plastic bucket, when the 90 degree heat that day caused it to catch on fire.
Other cigarette butts in the bucket fueled the fire.
"It didn't take long to get the fire going," said Fire Chief Kenneth Erickson.
This is the third fire this summer in Laconia to start in a bucket of cigarette butts, the chief says.
He is asking smokers to please add water or sand, and to-consider using metal buckets that won't catch on fire.