Sioux City Fire Rescue says the "improper disposal of smoking material" caused a second story balcony fire, Wednesday.
It broke out at 3107 1/2 Jay Avenue around 1:40 p.m. Before fire officials arrived, they say the occupant, a neighbor, and passerby, put the flames out with a garden hose and extinguishers.
"I rushed out of the house and went around to the corner of the house, and I saw the fire so I grabbed the hose and I started hosing it down because the people upstairs couldn't get out the door," said neighbor, Marla Janseen.
Fire and heat moderately damaged the balcony and siding of the residence.
No injuries were reported. The fire department says smoking related fires are the number one cause of fire deaths in the home.
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