Fire destroys home in Richmond, Vt.

December 18, 2013, 5:01 am

RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont homeowner trying to thaw frozen pipes in the subzero temperatures this week sparked a fire that destroyed his trailer in Richmond.

Richmond Fire Chief Tom Levesque says the man was using a portable propane heater, which started the fire on Summer Street Tuesday morning.

The man and his dog were uninjured.

Levesque says in cold weather make sure your heating system has been tuned up, don't use any open flames to thaw pipes, and instead use a hair dryer or some other device.

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