Pop quiz time: What’s wrong with this lead from a story posted late last night on the (Ottawa) Times‘ Web site?

A basement fire in a two-story Main Street residence created plenty of smoke but no fire in the building’s two apartment units.

If you questioned how something that “created plenty of smoke but no fire” can properly be referred to as “a basement fire,” then you passed the test. After all, how can a fire be a fire if it didn’t create fire?

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