Careless smoker blamed for another fire, this time in Jamaica Plain

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that displaced eight people on Mozart Street early this morning was due to "careless disposal of a cigarette."

Firefighters responded to 49 Mozart St. around 3:20 a.m. to find heavy flames already flickering from the rear porches of the triple decker.

The fire, which started on the third-floor porch, did an estimated $400,000 damage, according to the department. No residents were injured, but one firefighter suffered a hand burn.

The fire comes 10 days after a three-alarm fire blamed on a smoker, in Egleston Square. In May, a careless smoker was accused of starting a wharf fire that did $3 million in damage.

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Smokers and barbecues

Two of my neighbors in adjacent building have been operating barbecues on the old wood balconies of 5-story building, and leaving the barbecues unattended. One barbecue is one of those flimsy tripod ones that could tip in a good wind gust. If there's a fire, dozens of people could be displaced.

I left a couple notes at the building's front door the other day, since I don't know which units, with printout from city site saying it was prohibited. I guess if they keep doing it, I should call the FD, who can figure out the apartment numbers and have words with them and the building management. I hope they take the hint before that.

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Whether it was this:

Two of my neighbors in adjacent building have been operating barbecues on the old wood balconies of 5-story building, and leaving the barbecues unattended. One barbecue is one of those flimsy tripod ones that could tip in a good wind gust. If there's a fire, dozens of people could be displaced.

or some idiot smoker who just carelessly tossed a cigarette on the lawn or whatever, without even bothering to put it out, first, I have to ask the following question:

How stupid can some people get? First of all, it's the height of foolhardiness and irresponsibility to not only have barbecues on the old, wooden balconies of 5-story buildings, and then leave them unattended, to boot, and secondly, if the fire was caused by a careless smoker, it's equally irresponsible of him or her to just toss a cigarette that's either lighted or still smouldering, onto the lawn. Either action presents the real possibility of a real fiasco.

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