Hawthorne's fire chief contained a small house fire while he was headed to a softball game.
Chief Joseph Speranza heard the call at a nearby address on 11th Avenue Sunday.
A cigarette apparently set fire to a wastebasket and was burning some furniture in a bedroom.
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Speranza tells The Record newspaper he kept the flames from spreading before the fire department arrived.
The fire chief says everything came together perfectly.
No one was injured.