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Officials say cigarette in trashcan started Butte fire

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Butte firefighters responded to a home fire caused by a smoldering cigarette left in a wastebasket on the morning of July 9.  

The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department was dispatched to the structure fire at 6:39 a.m. As firefighters arrived at the home on the 900 block of California Street, they observed a small to moderate amount of light gray smoke coming from the house, according to a release by fire officials. 

Three fire engines were dispatched to the fire, which officials say was quickly extinguished. 

Fire Marshal Brian Doherty said that the fire started due to a smoldering cigarette in a wastebasket. The resident tried to extinguish the fire, but the flames became too much to handle on her own. She left the house and called 9-1-1.  

The resident of the home was unharmed. It was reported to dispatch that the couch and walls in the living room of the home had caught fire. Photos provided by the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department confirm that the home suffered severe fire damage. 

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