Fire destroyed an apartment in the southern part of the city after two children playing with a lighter caught their bed on fire, police say.

Goldsboro firefighters and police responded to a structure fire on South Slocumb Street around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report.

Firefighters contained the flames within 20 minutes of responding to the call, said Deputy Fire Chief James Farfour.

An adult and three children were inside the apartment when the fire started, Farfour said. Wayne County Emergency Medical Services personnel treated one child for minor injuries.

After firefighters managed to quell the flames, police spoke with Joshua Dortch, who reported his children were playing in their room with a lighter.

The children pretended to smoke a piece of paper with a lighter and dropped the paper onto their bed, which then caught on fire, Dortch told police. Dortch said he was sleeping in his bed at the time and woke up to smoke and heat from the flames.

Police estimated the fire caused $12,000 in property damage to the apartment and a neighboring apartment, the report said. The fire caused around $10,000 in damages inside the apartment and around $2,000 in damages to the siding of an adjacent apartment.