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Discarded cigarette sparks apartment fire in Oklahoma City

A discarded cigarette started an apartment fire in northwest Oklahoma City, displacing 17 residents Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
BY MATT DINGER Published: February 26, 2012

A discarded cigarette started a fire that displaced 17 people Saturday afternoon at an Oklahoma City apartment complex, authorities said.

About 4 p.m., a smoking air conditioning unit was reported at the Quail Lakes apartments near Memorial Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief Steve Lumry said. Firefighters learned that a discarded cigarette on a second-story balcony burned the apartment building's wall.

Two units were damaged by fire and two others sustained smoke damage. Flames inside the walls of the building shorted electricity to additional units, Lumry said.

No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was not available Saturday.