A discarded cigarette sparked an apartment fire Tuesday night and caused more than $20,000 in damages, according to fire officials.
Firefighters responded to the six-unit apartment building in the 2300 block of Main Street just after 5 p.m. and saw flames in an apartment on the first floor.
Crews say an occupant in the unit escaped safely; Sweet Home police officers helped firefighters evacuate the remaining five units.
Sweet Home Fire District reports the owner of the building was on scene trying to extinguish the flames with a garden hose. Responding firefighters took over and extinguished the flames quickly.
Officials estimate the building sustained $20,000 in damages. They estimate an additional $3,500 in damages to contents inside the apartment.
Firefighters say the blaze was accidental and caused by an improperly discarded cigarette.