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Apartment fire sparks reminder about child fire safety

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The Valdosta Fire Department is reminding people about the importance of not letting children play with matches and lighters.

On Wednesday, four people were displaced from their apartment at the Azalea Woods apartment complex in Valdosta after a four year-old accidentally started a fire in the apartment while playing with a lighter.

"They set [fires] and see what happens, and then, of course we have bad things that do happen," said Lt. Derreck Willis, a fire investigator and inspector with the Valdosta Fire department. "Always keep your matches and lighters out of reach, in your pocket, stored somewhere where the kids may not know where they're at."

Everyone in the apartment got out okay, but the four year-old was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. The fire caused $6,000 in damage.

For more information about child fire safety, visit www.usfa.fema.gov, or call your local fire department and ask about fire setting prevention and intervention programs they offer.

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