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Propane smoker causes Thanksgiving Eve fire


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Photo by Jim Davis. Firefighters from Prince George's, Howard and Anne Arundel counties battle a house fire Wednesday, Nov. 21, on Prince George Street in Laurel. Fire investigators believe a propane-fueled smoker being used to cook a turkey caused the fire.

Photo by Jim Davis. Firefighters from Prince George's, Howard and Anne Arundel counties battle a house fire Wednesday, Nov. 21, on Prince George Street in Laurel. Fire investigators believe a propane-fueled smoker being used to cook a turkey caused the fire.

Published on: Thursday, November 29, 2012

By Jim Davis

Three people are displaced and a Laurel volunteer firefighter was injured last Wednesday night battling a house fire in Laurel.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. in the 500 block of Prince George Street. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they encountered heavy fire coming from the rear of the house with flames extending to the top floor and attic of the two-story, single-family home.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control, said Mark Brady, spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire was a propane-fueled smoker that was being used by the family to cook their turkey on their back porch, Brady said.

A volunteer firefighter from Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Station 810 was transported to a local hospital with a minor injury.

Two adults and a child will be displaced as a result of the fire, and the home was declared unsafe. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.  

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