PALMER - Investigators say a fire that burned a Palmer home this week was caused by a salmon smoker on the front porch.
There were no injuries in Monday's blaze that all but destroyed the home. Palmer fire officials, however, said there might have been if a 14-year-old boy had not alerted his younger brother and helped him escape.
Since the front door was blocked by flames, the older boy directed his brother to head for the back exit.
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