Careless smoker blamed for fire that ripped through Brighton house

Perthshire Road fire in Brighton.

72 Perthshire fire. Photo by BFD.

A fire reported around 7 p.m. at 72 Perthshire Rd. quickly went to three alarms and caused an estimated $500,000 in damage, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Fire Investigators determined the cause as careless disposal of smoking material. Point of origin; 2nd floor rear porch.

Firefighters went into "Mayday" mode when one firefighter's alarm went off, but he was found and accounted for.

The fire was knocked down around 7:50 p.m.; it destroyed the entire rear of the 2 1/2-story house.

The department reports four firefighters were taken to the hospital with injuries, none considered life threatening. No residents were injured..

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Live down the street

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This thing went up QUICK. Scary seeing these buildings go up like they're built of tinder...

One of the tenants in the house lost his dog too. Very sad.

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Stupid smokers...

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What's worse is that no matter how much it's emphasized every year, careless smokers+horrible building materials=uh-oh

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Why do landlords still allow smoking?

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If the tenant was smoking without permission, his renters insurance (if he has any) is going to get sued by the landlord's insurance.

If the landlord did allow smoking, then I have to ask why in the world would you?

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It's very difficult to ban

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It's very difficult to ban smoking from a building... lawsuits, etc. And, if someone decides to smoke anyways, who is going to stop them? Enforcement of no smoking is not something many people want to deal with.

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My rental company has fines.

And they use them. When someone smokes in the building, a notice goes out to all of the tenants asking everyone to stop smoking. If it persists, the offending unit has a letter stuck on their door and they are fined. Their lease also is not renewed. The rental company uses the fees to re-prime, then paint the walls in the offending unit.

The rental company also has a policy enforcing noise restrictions. If any unit has a complaint against them for offensive noise, their lease is not renewed.

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cool

sounds like an effective way to get rid of neighbors you dont like

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Fragment, Adam?

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he was found and accounted for.

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Fixed.

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Thanks for catching that. It's what can happen when you're rewriting (even a short) story several times in quick succession, alas.

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