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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Blaze Ravages Kimball Home

Cigarette In Coffee Container Said To Have Started Destructive Fire


September 19, 2019

Daria Anderson-Faden / The Observer

The porch was totally destroyed and was the apparent location of the start of the fire.

A fire consumed a Kimball house owned by Terry Jefferson and rented by Luis (Beeb) Larez about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.The location of the fire was 308 ½ South Washington.

Larez said the fire marshal told him it started in a plastic coffee container, which was used for cigarette butts on the porch.

Larez, a non-smoker, had a friend staying with him who smoked. He said he figured the butt didn't get extinguished and the plastic container started the fire.

"It is just a mess," he said. "It is a major loss. What is really upsetting is that my daughter's baby pictures are gone."

The kitchen, dining room and living room were completely destroyed, he said. It is possible that a table, chairs and buffet will be able to be savaged. Larez said although the one-story house was insured, he did not have renter's insurance.

The two bedrooms have smoke damage, but it appears that the bedroom furniture will be able to be re-used, he said.

Larez, who has worked at GRI off-and-on for 23 years, said, "It just hasn't quite sunk in yet."

No one was injured in the fire.


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