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May 30, 2014 02:24 PM

Smoking Container Sparked Watertown Auto Body Fire

Watertown, SD

Watertown investigators have concluded that a fire at a business started on the outside of the building near a smoking receptacle for cigarette butts.

The May 20 blaze destroyed Watertown Ford Chryslers' Auto Body Solutions.

Investigator Chip Premus says that this type of fire smolders for a long time before igniting and he recommends using a metal or concrete container, not plastic.

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