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Boy Playing With Lighter Sets Fire to Fort Lauderdale House

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Posted at 7:34 AM, Oct 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-16 03:38:37-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 3-year-old who was playing with a lighter set fire to his Fort Lauderdale home.

The child's older sister found him in a bedroom after the smoke alarm went off Thursday afternoon. They ran outside but suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Their mother Chakisha Hamilton left the children home while she took another child to the doctor. She told television stations that her youngest child found a lighter they use to make s'mores and went under a bed to light it.

The children were treated and released at a hospital.

The Red Cross is helping the family.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Capt. Greg May says the house is "pretty much a total loss."