The fifth fire this year caused by careless smoking in Montgomery County occurred at a new condo complex in Conshohocken, which caused an estimated $5,000 in damages when the 29 yr old owner fell asleep while smoking in his condo unit Monday night, however no one was injured and other units remain undamaged.
The fire necessitated that the partially-rented complex be evacuated. Firefighters from Conshohocken Fire Company arrived at the scene that night after quickly responding to a 911 call, and then extinguished the fire shortly after.
“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.”
The Grand View Condominium Complex on River Road has previously been a controversial center for neighbors, who were worried about the complex worsening the congestion and traffic problems in the small town.