LORAIN, OHIO: A 5-year-old playing with a lighter he found under a bed is being blamed for a house fire that destroyed the second floor of a northeast Ohio home.
The child’s mother managed to get him and a sibling out safely Wednesday when fire swept through the bedrooms of a home in Lorain, west of Cleveland.
Lorain Fire Marshal Jeff Fenn says the child found the lighter underneath his brother’s bed and lit a piece of paper before the fire spread to the bed covers and then “lit the whole bedroom up.”
Fenn said the 5-year-old quickly alerted his mother to what he had done, and that allowed them all to get out of the house safely.
Fire officials were working on a damage estimate.