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Can my landlord make us pay his insurance deductable for a fire that was determined accidental by the fire marshall?

Question Details: My boy friend always keeps a "butt bucket" (plastic folgers can) next to our front door. It's always full of water and has never been a problem. A week ago we woke up to the fire alarm and an apartment full of smoke, the butt bucket caught fire. It burned the exterior wall and the deck and there is smoke damage to the other 3 units. The fire didn't burn through the wall or ceiling of the deck but the fire fighters had to make holes to make sure nothing was left burning. Insurance is covering everything but the landlord wants us to pay his deductable of $1000. Is this legal?

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