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AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Flaming swords, used in a traditional Samoan dance, may have been the cause of a fire in Aurora.
As WBBM Newsradio’s JoAnn Genette reports, two cars, a garage, and part of a home in Aurora were destroyed in the fire on Friday.
Samoan fire swords are suspected to be to blame. Aurora fire officials say two people living at the home in the 1900 block of Seaview Drive were practicing a flaming sword dance in the backyard just before the fire broke out, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
They were using antique swords that had been scrubbed with a sponge soaked in flammable liquid, then set on fire, the Tribune reported.
When they finished up, they wrapped the swords in towels and placed them in the garage. It is believed that the swords were either improperly snuffed out or somehow reignited, the Tribune reported.
No one was injured in the blaze, but damage to the home is estimated at $150,000, the newspaper reported.
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s JoAnn Genette reports