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Effort to thaw pipes cause fire on Linwood Avenue

A fire resulting from careless use of a torch in the basement in an effort to thaw pipes caused $12,000 in damages to a 2½-story frame house at 211 Linwood Ave. Friday afternoon, fire officials said.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m. Damage was listed at $10,000 to the structure and $2,000 to its contents.