CANTON — Firefighters battled a fire Thursday afternoon believed to be started by the homeowners’ 5-year-old son.
The 5-year-old started the fire in his bedroom closet with a cigarette lighter at a house in the Copper Hills subdivision around 2 p.m. Thursday, a spokesperson with the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services said.
An investigator reported that the child’s grandmother called 911 after the 5-year-old came out of his room screaming that the house was on fire, said Tim Cavender, spokesman for the fire department.
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Canton Fire Department responded to the call after the grandmother tried to put the fire out with a bucket of water.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the house, Cavender said.
The house was damaged by smoke, water and fire. However, reports indicated that firefighters were able to prevent major damages.
All of the residents made it out of the home without injury.