4-alarm fire in Jamaica Plain caused by cigarette

Posted: 08/17/13 at 6:45 pm EDT      Last Updated: 08/17/13 at 11:31 pm EDT

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. (WHDH) -- A four-alarm fire ripped through a two-family home in Jamaica Plain on Saturday afternoon, leaving several people without a home.

“We all grew up here, my parents owned this house,” said Patricia Adams, homeowner.

According to the Boston Fire Department, investigators have determined the cause of the fire to careless disposal of a cigarette. There was a couch on the first floor porch with is believed to be the point of origin.

Joshua Steiss watched the flames grow from inside his apartment.

“I got out of the house as quick as I could,” Steiss said.

“It looks like [the couch is] where it may have started in this case,” one firefighter said. “It’s no law against it but it is not always the best thing to do to have upholstered furniture outside on porches.”

Witnesses rushed to the home to help. Felix Santiago had just stepped off the train.

“The front porch was all lit up and it ignited and ran all the way to the third floor,” said Santiago who ran to help.

Homeowners ran back inside and tried to salvage what they could, while relatives stood outside and prayed.

Firefighters fought the flames enough to keep them from spreading.

“They obviously did a great job where it doesn't affect any of or neighbors as well,” one man said.

Families were allowed back inside hours later, however there was little left to save.

“This from Afghanistan, this is my unit,” Steiss said. “A baseball, probably going to keep that one so that I can remember the fire.”

Boston Fire officials said no civilian injuries were reported. Two firefighters were treated, with one with a leg injury and the other with facial burns, and released from area hospitals.

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