Archive for Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fire caused by turkey smoker causes $30,000 in damages

November 20, 2007

A turkey smoker caused severe damage to a detached garage early Tuesday in Tonganoxie.

Tonganoxie City Fire Department received the call about 5:15 a.m. for a fire at 120 Hatchell Road, Fire Chief Dave Bennett said.

Bennett said a Tonganoxie man was smoking a turkey inside the garage and the turkey smoker caught on fire and spread to the wall adjacent to it. Bennett said he was still working on a complete report and did not have the man's name.

The fire chief estimated loss of about $30,000, as the garage sustained severe damage. A newer Kaboda lawn and garden tractor also was in the garage, Bennett said.

He also noted that the device was not a turkey fryer, which has become a popular item in recent years for preparing turkeys.

"I'd never seen one like this," Bennett said. "It was like an old refrigerator that was turned into a smoker."

Bennett said the fire was ruled as accidental.

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