The improper disposal of a cigarette sparked a three-alarm fire in Milton early this morning that dameged a three-family apartment building, fire officials said.
The Milton Fire Department responded to the scene at 54 Central Ave. about 2:47 a.m., said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Finerty. The blaze was under control by 6 a.m.
No one was injured in the fire, Finerty said. Residents escaped the building in time after being alerted by smoke alarms, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal’s office.
The third-floor apartment sustained “heavy damage,” while the other two floors were only burned on the back porches, he said.
Investigators from the State Police and Milton Fire Department determined the cause of the blaze to be improper disposal of a cigarette on the first-floor back porch, said Mieth.
Finerty said he believed eight people were displaced by the fire.