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Hot Weather Can Mean More House Fires

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Flames from the fire were visible from blocks away.
RALEIGH — With the full heat of summer bearing down, there lurks in every home a dangerous hazard. The risk of certain kinds ofhousehold fires is rising with the temperature.

Fire investigators say and explosion and fire in a North Raleigh homeSunday probably started when the homeowner placed a hot cooking pot inthe garage, too close to a gasoline container. The fire quickly spreadfrom the garage to the adjacent house and witnesses say they could see thesmoke from miles away on the beltline

Capt. Jimmy Parker of the Raleigh Fired Department says people need tobe very careful about storing flammable liquids indoors.

Parker says leaving a lawn mower or other gas-powered tool inside a hotgarage can be equally dangerous.

The North Raleigh home was 75 percent damaged by Sunday's fire.Firefighters say common sense is the key to preventing such a fire.

The bottom line, according to Parker, is to keep any type of flammableliquid in a safe place away from your house.

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