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Investigators: Cigarette Started Fire that Displaced Dozens

The Duluth Fire Department has determined that the fire that displaced 44 people on Easter Sunday was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. The Duluth Fire Department has determined that the fire that displaced 44 people on Easter Sunday was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. | 

April 09, 2015 04:52 PM

The Duluth Fire Department has determined that the Easter Sunday fire that displaced dozens of people was an accident, caused by improper disposal of a cigarette.

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The fire in the 20-unit apartment building at 1705 East Second Street displaced 44 people.  The Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other groups have been working to help the displaced residents.

The fire department says there have been multiple fires in the past year caused by smoking and said the fires are a reminder to properly dispose of smoking materials.  They provided tips on ways to keep your family safe.

The Salvation Army said that as of Thursday, many of the families were still being housed at a motel and only a few had found permanent housing. Each family has a case worker from the Salvation Army or another group.

The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations for the fire victims. You can donate by clicking here.

There will be a silent action and raffle from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Striker's Sports Bar in Superior. There will also be food and door prizes. This event will accept donations of clothes and household items. 

The Duluth Hip-Hop Community Cares will present a benefit show for the families on Sunday. They will accept money, non-perishable food items and clothing of any size. 


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