Erie firefighters quickly extinguished a porch fire in the 1500 block of Liberty St, just south of W 14th St, on Sunday afternoon.
The call came in about 3:30 p.m. for flames coming from a duplex. One man was inside the first-floor unit, but he safely escaped.
The damage appeared to limited to the exterior of the multi-unit house. The wooden porch was heavily damaged and siding had melted.
A fire inspector suspected careless smoking to be the cause.
No injuries were reported.