The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office says fires at two Kent County homes started when residents tried to warm water pipes.
Officials say one fire started Tuesday morning at a home on Boyd Drive in Magnolia when combustibles under the house ignited as the owner used a hand-held heating device to thaw frozen water pipes. Damage was estimated at $25,000. The homeowner was not injured.
On Monday night, firefighters were called to a fire at mobile home on Stardust Drive in Cheswold. Investigators determined that a kerosene heater placed under the home to prevent freezing ignited combustibles. Damage is estimated at $7,500.
Officials warn that people should use extreme caution when using any heating device to thaw frozen water pipes.