An unattended candle next to anything flammable is a recipe for disaster.
Late Friday night it was cause of a $75,000 fire in a second-floor apartment in the 2100 block of Upland Street when a lit candle ignited a nearby mattress, said Prince George Fire rescue assistant chief Denis Poulin.
Twenty firefighters from four halls responded to the blaze when smoke was seen coming out of the apartment window at about 11 p.m. Friday. The building was evacuated by the time crews arrived and there were no injuries. The lone occupant of the apartment was home when the fire began.