Blaze reportedly started by child playing with lighter

  • Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:45 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:41 p.m.

A young boy playing with a lighter caused about $25,000 damage to his home on Tuesday, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The blaze happened about 1:30 p.m. at a home on Princess Lane in Aiken, according to a sheriff’s report.

Investigators said a 5-year-old boy tried to light his toy car on fire with a “candle lighter.”

An adult in the home told officers she was unaware that the boy was playing with lighters, the report stated.

The report didn’t indicate the extent of damage to the home, but the property owner told officers he estimated the damage to be about $25,000.

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