Bourne firefighters responded to a fire at a Monument Beach home that fire officials said was accidental but caused by cigarette smoking.
Firefighters were called to 171 Clay Pond Road at 8:37 AM Friday, February 19, for a reported structure fire. Acting Assistant Fire Chief David S. Pelonzi said a mattress on the second floor of the house had caught fire. It was knocked down within six minutes of arrival on the scene, he said.
“It was a quick stop, confining it to a mattress, with no extension to the structure,” he said.
The sole occupant of the house was outside the structure when firefighters arrived. She was treated by Bourne Fire/Rescue crews at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. A Falmouth Fire/Rescue crew transported her by ambulance to Falmouth Hospital for further treatment and evaluation, Asst. Chief Pelonzi said.
Bourne police officers assisted at the scene. A ladder truck was requested from the Sandwich Fire Department, but it was canceled before arrival.
The Bourne Fire/Rescue’s Fire Investigation Unit determined that the fire was accidental but was caused by “improper use of smoking materials,” Asst. Chief Pelonzi said.
“If you smoke, it is safer to smoke outdoors rather than inside and use proper ashtrays with a wide base or a bucket of sand for disposal,” the assistant chief said.