Cigarette blamed for house fire

HOUSTON A woman who lives there says she heard a noise and then saw the flames. She ran to the bedroom to wake up her husband. She says the flames spread very quickly.

"By the time I ran out, it was already spreading to the dining room," recalled homeowner Patricia McLemore.

Investigators think the cigarette ignited in a trash can and then the fire destroyed the home. Jeffrey McLemore suffered a minor burn to his arm.

Neighbors came out to console the couple as firefighters put out the flames. They also offered to help.

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