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Fire in the fryer

My colleague Josh White had an interesting post last week about fire officials warning of the dangers of deep-frying a turkey. And lo, we find an example to prove their point.

Just after 3 p.m. Thursday, emergency responders were called to a home in the 1900 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE for a fire in the driveway. Turns out, the family’s deep fryer had boiled over as the family tried to heat up grease before throwing in the turkey, fire officials said.

The family cut off the gas, and firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department. And perhaps the best news: the turkey sustained no damage, and the family was able to have Thanksgiving dinner as planned (though they did have to put the bird in the oven, according to Piringer).

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  November 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , Matt Zapotosky , The District  | Tags: Thanksgiving, deep-fryer, fire, turkey  
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