From Pine View Farm

Turkeys 7

I guess they didn’t see this.

The family that was celebrating Thanksgiving had permission from their neighbors, who were out of town, to either use the carport or use the vacant house, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Randall Lee said. Because of the inclement weather, a member of the family set up the turkey fryer under the neighbor’s carport, then went back inside while it warmed up.

“They left it on too long, and it’s just like leaving a pot on a stove,” in that it will burn down or boil over, Lee said.

The family heard the explosion, looked outside and saw the neighbors’ carport on fire.



  1. Opie

    November 24, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    I’m assuming the carport was detached from the house. That’s what I usually think in association with the word “carport.” It does say the house was damaged, though.

    I bring the distinction up because a few years ago, a woman down the street from us grilled some meat in her screened-in, attached patio and left the charcoals in the grill to die out. Instead, after she fell asleep that night, the patio ceiling caught fire and quickly spread into the attic and throughout the house. She was alone that night, (divorced, and her teen son was staying with a friend,) and escaped with not much more than her life.

    Insurance paid for a new house right where the old one sat. She fell in love with the general contractor, he moved in toward the end of construction and they are there to this day.

  2. Karen

    November 24, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    This would be filed under the “Duh” catagory, I believe.

  3. Frank

    November 26, 2006 at 9:50 am

    The sad thing is, it seems to happen a lot. And it was their neighbor’s house!

  4. Frank

    November 26, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Around here, it’s not uncommon to see attached carports, basically garages without walls or with just a back wall or a back wall and a side wall, that is, the house.

    The place where this happened, Pot-Nets, is a manufactured-home retirement community where I would not be surprised if the carport was attached so the developer could get more bang per acre, but I’ve never been there.

  5. Opie

    November 26, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    If you just asked me what a business called Pot-Nets would do, I could give you a long list of guesses and never think of retirement living.

  6. Frank

    November 26, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    I think it has to do with crab pots and fishing nets, both of which are very important in these watery parts.

  7. Opie

    November 26, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    To quote an entire e-mail reply Rush Limbaugh once sent me years ago: “Ah.”