The fluff for a Fire Elemental states: "This creature looks like a living, mobile bonfire, tongues of flame reaching out in search of things to burn."
Does that mean that the Fire Elemental I summon with Summon Monster spells causes flammable objects to catch fire? My party was concerned about this while we were battling our way out of a midnight abduction attempt in an inn that had wooden floors, walls, ceiling, etc.
My feeling is that the flames coming from an Elemental are magical in nature and not physical fire, so it would only burn things/creatures it attacks.
Even if the Elemental causes fires, I know that fire spreads at the speed of plot and can be extinguished at any time using many methods, so it shouldn't be a huge issue, unless we want our security deposit back.
Is there a RAW answer for this?