Md. man sets fire to home using torch to melt ice off front porc - KMSP-TV

Md. man sets fire to home using torch to melt ice off front porch

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -

It was a close call for one homeowner along Evans Street in Rockville trying to clear the ice off of his front steps.

“[It was a] small fire on the outside of the house,” said Assistant Chief Scott Goldstein of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. “The homeowner appeared to be using some type of torch device to melt ice near his front porch. He lit the siding on fire with a little bit of extension into the house.”


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There were no injuries reported and just minor damage to the home. But officials say this was clearly a dangerous method.

“Luckily, it was a small fire and luckily nobody was hurt,” said Goldstein. “Hopefully this will be a lesson for the resident a well as others in the community.”

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