Is it ignorance? The I-don’t-care attitude? Perhaps it’s the mentality that it’ll never happen to me? Whatever it is, it’s upsetting! The other night, someone started a major fire at an apartment complex in Southwest Roanoke County because they tossed aside their cigarette, thinking it was out. There were some neighbors who were less than forgiving. Who could blame them? They lost everything because of someone else’s stupidity. I’m all for believing and making honest mistakes, but how many wildfires have been started by people “improperly discarding” their cigarettes?
At my first reporting job in Texas, I covered a huge fire in Cross Plains, Texas. Nearly 120 homes burned. Two people were killed when they got trapped inside their home. The cause? Someone flicked a cigarette out of their car window during the middle of a drought.
I was driving behind someone the other day when they flicked their cigarette out of the window. It irks me to no end. When are some of you out there going to learn…don’t play with fire (even if it’s wrapped in a tiny cigarette)?