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Buena Park apartment fire blamed on child playing with lighter

A fire broke out at a Buena Park apartment complex on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

January 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A child playing with a cigarette lighter is getting the blame for an apartment fire in Buena Park.

The second-story fire broke out in a bedroom shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday. It took about 35 firefighters nearly a half-hour to bring the blaze under control.

Six adults and two children were all able to escape, but a small dog did not make it out alive.

"The alarm went off and I went in my bedroom, and when I went in my bedroom, my mattress and all my clothes were totally engulfed in fire. I tried to run in the bathroom to get some water but it had gotten too far," described Mattie Thompson, a resident.

Crews say working smoke alarms helped everyone get out OK. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross is assisting those who have been displaced.