Published: Nov 12, 2012 10:08 AM EST

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) - The state fire marshal says careless smoking sparked a fire that displaced 25 families living in a South Florida apartment building.
Battalion Chief Joel Gordon says an occupant in the Plantation apartment where the fire started admitted he had been smoking. Gordon tells the Sun Sentinel ( that the resident's attempt to extinguish the fire himself delayed a call to 911.
Officials say the fire was confined to two apartments. At least seven other apartments in the three-story building were damaged by smoke and water.
Gordon says that because the building wasn't required to have a sprinkler system, firefighters had to hoist hoses to the third floor to fight the blaze.
Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), http://www.sun

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