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US man melting snow with blowtorch ignites home 男子焊槍融雪引燃自宅

Firefighters battle a blaze at warehouses used by the German supermarket chain Lidl, outside the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, on Oct. 7, 2008. The warehouses suffered extensive damage. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.
十月七日,德國連鎖超市Lidl位在希臘北部賽薩羅尼奇市郊的倉庫發生大火,消防隊員努力灌救。該倉庫付之一炬,起火原因尚待調查。
照片:美聯社

PHOTO: AP

Fire officials in New Bedford, Massachusetts, say a man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to US$30,000 (NT$984,970) in damage.

Fire Captain Scott Kruger told the Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford that nobody was injured during last Monday’s incident at the three-story home.

Kruger said the man was using a torch hooked up to a 9kg propane cylinder. He got too close to the building’s wood frame and ignited the vinyl siding. The fire quickly spread into the building’s second- and third-floor apartments.

It took 25 firefighters to subdue the blaze that damaged bedrooms in the upstairs units, and caused damage to the structure and wiring.

The homeowner will not be charged.

(AP)

美國麻薩諸塞州新貝福市消防隊表示,一名男子利用焊槍融化自家後陽台的積雪,結果卻引發一場損失高達三萬美元(新台幣九十八萬四千九百七十元)的火警。

消防隊隊長史考特.庫拉格向新貝福的《標準報》表示,上週一這起發生在三層樓住家的火警所幸無人受傷。

庫拉格說,這名男子使用一支連接著九公斤重的丙烷鋼瓶的焊槍時,太接近建築的木樑,結果引燃乙烯基牆面。大火迅速延燒至二樓和三樓。

消防隊最後出動了二十五名消防隊員才撲滅火勢,樓上的臥室及整棟建築的結構和線路都被燒毀。

該屋主將不會遭到起訴。(美聯社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. porch n.

陽台 (yang2 tai2)

: Grandpa sat on the porch, watching the sunset.

(爺爺坐在陽台上欣賞夕陽。)

2. incident n.

事件 (shi4 jian4)

例: Ryan was involved in an incident outside a nightclub.

(雷恩涉入一起發生在某夜店外的事件。)

3. spread v.i./v.t.

擴散 (kuo4 san4)

例: The fire quickly spread to the second floor.

(火勢迅速延燒到二樓。)

4. homeowner n.

屋主 (wu1 zhu3)

例: Homeowners were badly affected by the

interest rate rise.

(自住屋主深受這波升息的影響。)


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