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Officials: 5-year-old with lighter sparked Spartanburg Co. house fire

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Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to Collins Avenue. (Sep. 21, 2016/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters said a house fire in Spartanburg County on Wednesday was started by a child with a lighter.

The fire broke out on Collins Avenue when a 5-year-old visiting his grandfather set a mattress and bed frame on fire, according to Spartanburg fire marshal Brad Hall.

Hall said the child's grandfather was asleep on the bed when the fire started. When he awoke, he tried to battle the flames with a garden hose but the fire spread too quickly.

A bus driver passing by saw flames coming out of the home and called 911.

Hall said the man and child were not injured in the fire. He reminded the public that, unless they have a fire extinguisher, to get out of the house and call 911 instead of trying to fight a fire themselves.

The American Red Cross is responding to assist the man since the home was a rental property and he did not have insurance. The home may be salvageable but is not currently livable, Hall said.

The child who started the fire will be enrolled in a fire safety program.

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