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Firefighters warn against holiday fire danger

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:23 PM November 21, 2013

Unattended cooking biggest reason behind home fires

ANCHORAGE – After an East Anchorage trailer fire displaced a family of four Wednesday, firefighters are warning Alaskans to beware of holiday fire dangers.

The blaze at the Malaspina Glacier mobile home park broke out just after 4 p.m. While nobody was injured, firefighters said the trailer was a complete loss. The night before, a fire destroyed the floor of another mobile home in the same park.

Firefighters said the chilly season is often the hottest time of the year.

“Holiday times are busy times at the fire station, and Thanksgiving can be an exceptionally busy day for us,” said Fred Kilheffer of the Anchorage Fire Department.

While investigators still aren’t sure what caused the Wednesday blaze, Kilheffer said the most common reason for holiday fires is unattended cooking. The Consumer Product Safety Commission set several meals on fire to illustrate the dangers. Inez Tenenbaum, a CPSC representative, said it’s important for Alaskans to stand by their pans.

“If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, stay in the kitchen,” she said. “Not following this advice can be a recipe for disaster on Thanksgiving.”

If your holiday cooking plans include a deep-fried bird – which firefighters recommend against – they say it’s far better to do it outside.

They caution Alaskans to play it safe for a holiday season everyone can enjoy.

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