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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.


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.








1. porch n.

陽台 (yang2 tai2)

: Grandpa sat on the porch, watching the sunset.


2. incident n.

事件 (shi4 jian4)

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


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

擴散 (kuo4 san4)

例: The fire quickly spread to the second floor.


4. homeowner n.

屋主 (wu1 zhu3)

例: Homeowners were badly affected by the

interest rate rise.


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