Child, 4, playing with lighter starts house fire

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Monticello firefighters said a 4-year-old child who was playing with a lighter started a fire which made his family homeless Tuesday afternoon.

It all happened around 12:15 p.m. on the 700 block of Railroad Street in Monticello.

Investigators said the boy was playing with a lighter downstairs and caught a blanket on fire while his teen sister was upstairs. Both were able to safely make it out themselves and call 911.

Firefighters said flame and smoke damage has displaced the eight-member household, though two other single apartments in the building were not damaged in the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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