Firefighters were called to a house fire May 2 that appears to have been started by an outdoor fire pit, prompting safety officials to caution residents about outdoor fire safety.
First responders found heavy smoke and fire on the outside of the two-story home. They were able to extinquish the blaze quickly.
Investigators believe the cause was a chiminea-style fire pit. The chininea was located a few feet from a flower bed that contained old mulch. On that evening, the wind was only 5 mph, but hot embers from the fire pit ignited the mulch. The fire spread to the house, igniting the vinyl siding.
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