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Residents Attempt To Thaw Pipes, Start House Fire

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - According the Maryland State Fire Marshal, a house fire in Wicomico County has been ruled accidental.

The fire, at a home on Jones Hastings Road in Parsonsburg happened when the owners reportedly tried to use a torpedo-type heater to thaw frozen pipes in their crawl space.  This apparently set the wood framing on fire, causing about $15,000 in damages.

To keep this from happening to you here are some tips.

Experts say insulate your pipes to help prevent freezing.  Also, seal any crawl spaces under the house where pipes may be exposed to keep cold air from getting to them.  If your pipes do freeze, never use an open flame to try and thaw them out.  This can cause the water inside to boil and break the pipes.  Lastly, turn on your faucet.  This give the water somewhere to go once it does start to thaw.

Then, call a plumber.

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