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Ashley Greene Fire

Candle Triggered Blaze

3/22/2013 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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We now know what caused the fire at Ashley Greene's condo that killed her beloved dog -- an unattended candle ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... they have already done a preliminary investigation and determined the candle lit the living room couch on fire -- a fire which spread throughout the unit.

As we previously reported, Greene, her boyfriend and brother were all sleeping in the condo when the blaze erupted.

In addition to the dog ... 3 people in the building were injured.

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tdr9    

We need more ness

543 days ago
2.

IwuvTMZ    

Idiot!

543 days ago
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Kelly    

"Accident" indeed.

543 days ago
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TheMorgue007    

This is unfortunate.. but it's the same story over and over again. Blow out your candles people...COMMON SENSE. Don't leave candles/similar items unattended, especially if you leave the house or have gone to bed.

543 days ago
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Liz    

Boyfriend? Does that mean Ryann Phillipe was sleeping over? Hmmm???

543 days ago
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heidi    

So the candle jumped on the couch like Tom Cruise??? Still doesn't make sense. Candles are usually in a glass holder. Now the curtains or drapes going up in flames makes more sense. This has sounded like a BS story from the start.

543 days ago
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eicarr     

Didn't Sharon Osborne just warn all the celebs about this.

543 days ago
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heidi    

And again....NO smoke detectors to alert 3 sleeping adults and 2 little barkers on a late Friday morning???? This fire sounds like it was burning for a long time before anyone noticed. They must be some heavy sleepers on a very sunny late Friday morning. How about the dogs wanting to go out to potty in the morning? How about a security systems possibly getting triggered by the flames? Don't know if that's possible but trying to see why there was no time to realize that they ran out without the dogs. Wonder how long it too the fire to spread. Must of been pretty fast!

543 days ago
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GLaDOS    

I can never understand how people just go to sleep or leave the house with candles lit. Incredibly idiotic.

543 days ago
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jdranetz    

Her neighbors probably will sue her. I don't understand why people still use candles.

543 days ago
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sophiastormy    

I smell lawsuit. Use flameless candles.

543 days ago
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Truth    

BF IS DEF RYAN PHILLIPE. GOOGLE HAS PICS OF THESE 2 2GETHER OVER LAST 24 HRS. #TRUTH!!

543 days ago
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Geezup    

Burning down the house .

543 days ago
14.

elm    

TMZ should do a story: "Greed Triggered TMZ Purchase of Dead Pet Video"

543 days ago
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rhode    

Look what happened to Sharon Osborn last month. The candle was left burning and the glass ended up breaking causing a fire.

Just proves that even if the candle is encased, put it out if you are going to bed!

543 days ago
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