Cigarette the cause of house fire in Winfield Township Christmas Day

Shirley Holben lost her home on Christmas day after her two-story house on Franklin Drive caught fire from an apparent cigarette.  Holben lived in the house for 51 years.

“I think I knocked an ashtray over,” Holben said.  She said her son called 911 and firefighters arrived within 10 minutes.

Firefighters could be seen inside Holben’s bedroom, which is in the back of the house, as smoke poured from the structure.

The amount of damage to the home is unknown at this point. It is unknown if the home was insured.




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