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Independence man burns house trying to thaw pipes with torch

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A person trying to thaw pipes in the cold weather ended up starting a fire in Independence, causing major damage to a home Thursday night.

Fire crews were called to 500 Third Ave. SE around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Independence Fire Chief Doug Cook says the owner of the home used a propane torch to thaw water pipes in a part of the residence going under remodeling. 

Chief Cook says the home was a duplex, and the side being remodeled is totaled.

No one was hurt.
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