The fifth fire this year in Montgomery County occurred late Monday night at The Grand View Condominium Complex on River Road in Conshohocken after a resident fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand.
Henry Smith, 29, started the fire in his first floor condo that caused an estimated $5,000 in damages.
“Smith fell asleep in his chair with a lit cigarette watching
Monday night football,” said Fire Chief Carl Clancy. “When he awoke, the carpet next to his chair was on fire. He’s lucky to be alive.”
911 received the call at 10:15 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters from Conshohocken Fire Company #2 arrived at the scene at 10:22. The fire was extinguished at 10:50.
“It is really frightening to think that I could have lost my home because someone was careless,” said Jasmine Ellison, 32, condo Owner. “At least I know my fire alarms work.”
The fire caused the partially-rented complex to be evacuated. No other units were damaged. No one was injured.
The condo unit was the site of much controversy from neighbors who were worried about the complex worsening the congestion and traffic problems in the small town.