This Thanksgiving House Fire is a Reminder to Be Safe When Frying Turkey

Are you planning to deep-fry a turkey this year? While it's a tradition in many regions of the U.S., from the South to the Midwest, it is still a precarious cooking task. Our thoughts go out to the Houston family that, on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, saw their home engulfed in flames after an accident with the turkey fryer.

The Eastex Fire Department posted the photos on Facebook on Thanksgiving evening, and they serve as a warning to those looking to deep fry their holiday birds all the way until Christmas.

At approximately 13:13 D26, E16, L46, E46, TW26, Aldine D31, E11, T11, and Westfield E7 were dispatched to a...

Posted by Eastex Fire Department on Thursday, November 23, 2017

When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames engulfed the home and black clouds of smoke wafted from the air.

As the Eastex Fire Department wrote, the cause was declared accidental from a turkey fryer. The damage to the home was extensive, though no one was injured.

Facebook: Eastex Fire Department

This isn't the first time we've seen property damage due to an accident while deep frying turkey, but we certainly hope it will be the last.

No holiday meal is worth your home, and our thoughts are with this Houston family as they rebuild their home.

At approximately 13:13 D26, E16, L46, E46, TW26, Aldine D31, E11, T11, and Westfield E7 were dispatched to a residential fire at the 5600 block of Aldine Bender Rd. Cause of the fire was found to be accidental due to a Turkey Fryer.

Posted by Eastex Fire Department on Thursday, November 23, 2017

The footage shows just how nasty these fires can become. Deep-fried turkey is delicious, of course, but it isn't worth everything so the next time you consider frying your holiday bird, please use extreme safety and caution.

Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case an accident happens, and do not hesitate to call the fire department in your area if something goes wrong. Give your neighbors fair warning in advance, and stay safe out there. Send your best holiday wishes and prayers to this family for Christmas, I know we are.

This was originally published on November 27, 2017. 

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