Prince George's County firefighters were busy in the early hours of Thanksgiving putting out two separate fires that totaled $350,000 in damage.
The first fire broke out at a home just before 11 p.m. Wednesday where the residents were smoking a turkey, according to the county fire department. Spokesman Mark Brady said fire investigators believe the occupants were preparing the Thanksgiving turkey on a propane grill on the rear deck of the house in the 500 block of Prince George Street in Laurel.
The fire started outside but spread into the two-story home, rendering it unsafe and totaling about $100,000 in damage, according to the fire department.
The second fire occurred just after midnight on Thursday at an Arby's fast-food restaurant in Suitland. The blaze at 5001 Allentown Road took 40 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish and caused about $250,000 in damages, according to the department. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
"We hope the remainder of Thanksgiving Day is uneventful for firefighters and paramedics," Brady said. "Remember, cooking fires far exceed any other cause of fires on Thanksgiving. We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving and it is our sincerest hope that we don't meet by accident."