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Thawing Frozen Water Pipes Blamed for 2 Kent Co. Fires

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DOVERand MAGNOLIA, Del.- Authorities say heating devices used to thaw frozen water pipes sparked two separated manufactured home fires in Kent County.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said the first fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Stardust Drive, west of Dover.  The Cheswold Fire Company responded to the call and arrived with heavy fire involving the mobile home.  The investigation by Deputy State Fire Marshal's determined the fire was caused by a kerosene fueled heater igniting combustibles under the home.  The heater was placed under the home to protect the pipes from freezing, investigators said.  Damages were estimated at $7,500.

The second fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday at a home on the unit block of Boyd Drive in the London Village Development in Magnolia.  The Magnolia Fire Company responded to the call and arrived with heavy fire inside and underneath the mobile home. Deputy Fire Marshal's investigated the fire and determined the fire was caused when the occupant was using a handheld heating device to thaw frozen water pipes and ignited combustibles under the home.  Damages were estimated at $25,000.

No injuries were reported in either fire, and the Red Cross is assisting the homes' occupants in both incidents.

The State Fire Marshal urges home owners and occupants to use extreme caution when using any heating device to thaw frozen water pipes.

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