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Chemical-soaked rags spark West Davis fire

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From page A4 | July 15, 2014 |

Davis Fire Department officials say chemical-soaked rags were the cause of a fire Friday that damaged a wood deck and other property at a West Davis home.

Division Chief Bruce Fry said the first-alarm fire was reported shortly after noon when a neighbor spotted flames in the back yard of a home in the 2200 block of Muir Woods Place. By the time it was extinguished, the blaze caused an estimated $4,000 in damage to the deck, nearby stucco and a blower. No injuries were reported.

An investigation revealed that rags that had been used to stain the deck accidentally combusted and started the fire, Fry said. It was the second stain-related fire the department had responded to in two days, he added.

Fry said chemical-laden materials should be stored in metal containers approved for such use, or away from anything that can ignite and burn, spread out and secured so they cannot blow away.

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