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One cigarette causes $1M in damages in southeast Edmonton

Click to play video: '2 homes in Summerside heavily damaged by fire' 2 homes in Summerside heavily damaged by fire
WATCH ABOVE: (From May 14, 2018) Aerial video from the Global 1 news helicopter shows the extent of the damage to two homes in southeast Edmonton's Summerside area – May 14, 2018

On May 14, four homeowners faced a fire that caused over $1 million in damages.

According to the City of Edmonton, a cigarette put out in a planter was the cause of a blaze that affected four structures.

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The main fire occurred at 1936 – 67 St., spreading to 1932 – 67 St., 1940 – 67 St. and 1944 – 67 St..

The single cigarette caused more than $1 million worth of damage.

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The four-structure fire is a reminder to properly extinguish all smoking materials in deep, non-combustible ashtrays.

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The reminder is especially important during hot, dry weather.

Despite a fire ban in Edmonton, there were a total of 114 fires over the weekend.

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Through complaints reported to 311 or Edmonton fire dispatch, 14 tickets were issued by Community Standards Peace Officers.

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