Every Thanksgiving, I go online and Google the words “turkey” and “fire.”
This is one of those quirky pursuits that come with spending too many years at newspapers: I am fascinated with the risks people take just to fry a giant bird in one piece. People all over America do this every year, often with tragic consequences.
This year was particularly nasty, with injuries, dead pets, and possibly a fatality blamed on turkey fryers so far.
Turkeys are made for roasting. Giant vats of boiling oil should be left to the professionals.
Here are some links to some of this year’s turkey fires:
Fargo, N.D. turkey fire.
McCook, Neb.turkey fire.
Columbus, Ohio, turkey fire.
Fatal Lenior County, N.C. turkey fire.
Washington D.C. “fryer fiasco.”