December 23, 2008
Man ignites home while blowtorch thawing
Firefighters say a Massachusetts man accidentally set fire to his home while attempting to melt ice on his back porch with a blowtorch.
Fire Capt. Scott Kruger said the New Bedford home incurred $20,000-$30,000 worth of damage during the Monday afternoon fire, but all inside were able to escape safely after being warned by smoke detectors, the New Bedford Standard-Times reported Tuesday.
This is an example of how you should not use a cutting torch to thaw out frozen water pipes or anything else, he said.
When you have wood framing, it will cause a fire.