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Man charged after cigarette fire guts west perth home

THE smoke is rising as firefighters battle a fire at a west-end home that tore through the front yard.

Two men were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene in the 500 block of Main Street West on Thursday afternoon.

The blaze ripped up a section of the house with a single-storey structure inside the house.

Firefighters said they believed the fire started as one man lit the cigarette but that it took up a third of the home.

No one was home when crews arrived.

Residents living inside the home were forced to evacuate due to thick smoke.

Police said the home was “uncomplausible” after receiving reports of the blaze around 3:15 p.m. PT.

The smoke was visible across several neighborhoods, as well as on a portion of the highway heading north through the area.

One of the residents on the north side of the home called 911 for help, and other residents living on nearby streets were told to shelter in place.

Sgt. Scott Chapman with the Western Australia Fire and Rescue Service, which responded, said the first response was swift.

“The first call to the scene was immediately dispatch and very quickly we dispatched firefighters to the scene,” he said.

“We were able to put out the blaze within just a few minutes. This is just absolutely gutting damage.”

Firefighters were working to control the blaze when it jumped the wall behind the house and burned into the front yard. The two occupants who were inside the front door were treated and released by police.

Firefighters initially used heat to quench the fire and they tried to push it out of the house by dragging the house up the steps but they were unable to do much, Chapman said.

The fire has been contained, however the structure is not secure, Chapman said. He added that the damage could be extensive as firefighters are still working to break the remaining brick wall.

The fire is being monitored by fire units from various levels of the fire service and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The fire forced the closure of the 300-block of Main Street West between Gresham Street and Old Street.

Chapman said a street sweeper and a dog-walker helped drive around the house and found no homes in that area.

A fire was being fought on a property in the area of Main Street and Main Street West. (Stephanie Dufour/CBC)

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