Fire in downtown Hamilton believed to be caused by careless smoking

Officials believe careless smoking is to blame for an apartment fire downtown.

It broke out around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the eighth floor of The Empire Apartments on Hughson near Cannon.

Officials say when the first crews arrived, they found a well-involved balcony fire, which spread inside that unit and the apartment next door.

Damage has been set at $100,000.

 

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