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Fatal South Boston fire caused by careless disposal of cigarettes
By Jillian Jorgensen, Globe Correspondent
The South Boston condominium fire that killed two people on New Year's Eve was caused by the "careless disposal of cigarettes," the Boston Fire Department said today.
The fire broke out at 309-311 Emerson Street at about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. It displaced people from 18 units in the building and killed Peter and Arvette Clancy, who lived in the unit where the fire started. Fire investigators said the blaze started in the kitchen.
Investigators determined the cause by eliminating other factors, studying burn patterns, examining other physical evidence, and conducting interviews, the department said in a statement.
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