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Yutz who used a rooftop planter for an ashtray sparked a fire that damaged three buildings in South Boston

Firefighters on the roof of 57 W. 7 St. in South Boston

Firefighters making sure the fire is out. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports "careless disposal of smoking material" sparked a fire around 11:45 a.m. on the roof of 57 W. 7 St. that jumped to the siding at 55 and 59 W. 7 St. - "specifically using a rooftop planter as an ashtray."

The department reports no injures; six residents of 57 W. 7, however, were displaced.

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I'm glad no one was hurt. That's always the most important thing - but obviously, it's incredibly hard to be homeless all of a sudden, and to have lost whatever possessions/sentimental souvenirs you once had. A few years ago, the house I was living in caught on fire, and spread to the house next door. It's really, really terrifying how fast it happens, and how devastating.

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I've mentioned fires jumping from building to building during conversations in the "real world". Often times my words are met with, "Yeah right!"...

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Needs to visit the kiddos at BC and remind them of the dangers of smoking and grilling onto of decks.

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Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) tweeted that the cause of the fire was due to the use of a rooftop planter as an ashtray for disposal of smoking material.

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Example #79535578 of why smokers are idiots.

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to include the fact that in addition to a vendetta against cars, you also cant stand smokers

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I know of exactly one smoker who disposes of his butts responsibly. He puts them out, then places them in a metal box that he takes with him (this is anytime he's somewhere that doesn't have something specifically for disposal of cigarette butts). Every other smoker I know or have seen takes the approach of "toss it, extinguishing first optional". Is your experience really that different?

(these aren't horrible people, btw - but there is this bizarre sense of entitlement now in our society with regard to disposal this particular type of nasty and dangerous trash)

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Yes, I'm not fan of people who kill pedestrians and burn peoples homes down. I'm more than OK with being associated with that statement.

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Not all smokers are idiots but many forget they are playing with fire.

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they only kill, maim, and destroy. Smoking does zero good for anything or anyone, therefore its idiotic. Former Smoker

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They also seem to forget about the whole cancer thing, heart disease, littering, etc.

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Smoking is bad for your health, and those around you. Former smoker.

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