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Sleepy smoker causes fire

By:  Star Beacon

ASHTABULA - - A sleepy smoker got more ashes and smoke than he anticipated Sunday afternoon.

The Ashtabula Fire Department was called to Michigan Square Apart-ments, 2158 Michigan Ave., when neighbors noticed smoke coming from an apartment, Lt. Roger Harrah said.

The firefighters responded and found that a man had fallen asleep while smoking, catching his sheets and blankets on fire. The flames woke the man, who extinguished the fire himself by throwing them into the bathtub, Harrah said.

No one was hurt in the accident, Harrah said.

"The fire was out when we got there, but this was a very dangerous situation. It could have been much worse," Harrah said.

Careless smoking is the second leading cause of fire deaths, the U.S. Fire Administration reports.

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