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Boy playing with matches starts fire in Greensburg home

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Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 4:51 p.m.

An accidental fire started by a 6-year-old playing with matches Monday afternoon caused about $15,000 in damage and displaced a family, Greensburg officials said.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The boy “threw matches ... and caught a pile of clothes on fire,” in the two-story frame home at 817 West Newton St., said Greensburg detective and fire investigator Jerry Vernail.

The fire caused “pretty significant damage to the basement,” along with smoke and water damage, he said.

Firefighters put out the fire in the basement of the house, fire Chief Ed Hutchinson said. The road, also called Route 136, was closed while emergency crews put out the flames.

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