Laurens Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Church Street at 2;39 yesterday afternoon on a Suspicious Fire report. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a small fire on a tree stump next to a driveway. The resident reported observing the resident and another woman sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette, watching the fire burn. Laurens Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and put the fire out. The woman said that a man had knocked on the door thirty minutes earlier asking for a cigarette.
Patrolman Ryan Bolding observed numerous cigarette butts around the tree, and determined a cigarette was the cause of the fire. He advised the resident that next time there was a small fire like that the woman could get a bucket of water and pour water on the fire to put it out herself.