RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
One man's attempt to speed up snow removal on his back porch seriously backfired. The Massachusetts homeowner hooked up a blowtorch to a 20-pound propane tank and took aim at the ice and snow. You know what happened. In a hot minute, the fire spread to the home's 2nd and 3rd floors - $30,000 in damages. The Standard Times of New Bedford reported it took 25 firefighters to put out the flames. It's Morning Edition.