Investigators say fire pit caused massive blaze

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Rock Island Fire Marshal says a fire pit that was not properly extinguished started a blaze that destroyed a business and an apartment.

The fire began shortly before 4:30 Tuesday morning at 4510 7th Avenue on a second floor deck.

Fire Marshal Greg Marty said the fire pit had been used on the deck on Monday night, and the wind pushed embers into the second floor apartment and the building's finished attic.  It is considered accidental.

Two residents were displaced by the fire and the chiropractic office on the first floor was damaged beyond use.  Damage estimates for the building is set at $100,000.

Marty warns "As warmer weather approaches and our residents return to outdoor activities such as recreational fires, the Rock Island Fire Marshal would like to recommend using extreme caution any time a recreational fire is enjoyed.  Recreational fire pits and solid fuel grills should never be used on combustible decks, above ground level, or within 25 feet of any combustible structures such as houses, garages, and fences."

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