- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Fire department investigators say they believe a 2-year-old child with a lighter started a fire at a Springfield home that caused $40,000 worth of damage.

Springfield Fire Department spokeswoman Cara Erwin tells the Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/2p5Uahv ) reports that seven people were inside the home when it caught fire Wednesday morning. All occupants were able to escape uninjured.

Battalion Chief Julie Williams says firefighters struggled to put out the fire from inside the house. They battled the blaze from outside until it was controlled at about 7 a.m.

Williams says there was smoke damage throughout the house, and that the front room had significant damage from the fire.

Erwin says the fire could’ve been prevented and that the child had access to several lighters in the home.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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