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Child playing with lighter starts a fire in Durham a day after fatal Johnston County blaze, firefighters say

A fire that officials said was started by a child playing with a lighter on Monday afternoon, June 11, 2018, damaged an apartment in this building at 111 N. Elizabeth St. in Durham, N.C.
A fire that officials said was started by a child playing with a lighter on Monday afternoon, June 11, 2018, damaged an apartment in this building at 111 N. Elizabeth St. in Durham, N.C. Durham City/County GIS

A child playing with a lighter set a blanket on fire in an apartment in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, a day after a fire in Johnston County killed a man and his 2-year-old son, who was playing with a lighter, Durham fire officials said.

The Durham fire, which happened shortly after 3 p.m. in the apartment at 111 N. Elizabeth St., was put out by a sprinkler system, but water damaged the whole apartment, Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi said.

The child's age was not immediately available.

Firefighters called the American Red Cross to help a woman and two children find somewhere else to stay, Iannuzzi said.

Sunday morning, near Kenly, a fire killed David William Creech, 37, and his 2-year-old son, Matthew, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said.

Firefighters found the two after being called to the blaze at 1592 Beulahtown Road.

Officials said the fire started when Matthew was playing with a lighter on a bed.

Ron Gallagher 919-829-4572 @RPGKT
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