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Electric smoker behind Rutland house fire

An electric smoker appears to be behind a fire that displaced a Rutland family from their home early Sunday morning.

Seventeen firefighters were summoned to the 600-block of Renshaw Road just after 1:30 a.m. after a report of a fire.

“Two adults, two kids and one dog were able to escape the home uninjured,” said assistant fire chief Thomas Doherty.

Doherty said the fire “appears to have started on the exterior rear side of the home and spread quickly up into the attic and into the interior of the home.”

An electrical inspector ruled out electrical issues as fire investigators probed the cause of the blaze Sunday.

"The cause of the fire was determined as accidental from an electric smoker that was left operating on a combustible surface," said Doherty.

Damage is estimated at $250,000.

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