A pair of apartment fires in Richland were likely started by smoldering cigarettes put in flower pots.
Fire officials are warning people not to put cigarettes out in flower pots following the fires on Buena Court and Queensgate Drive.
The Buena Court fire broke out July 25 about 1:30 p.m. and the Queensgate blaze started Monday about 2:15 a.m., fire officials said. A sprinkler system helped put out the second fire.
No injures were reported.
Anyone with questions about how to properly dispose of cigarettes can call Deputy Fire Marshal Keith Ramsay at 509-942-7551.