Tonganoxie — A turkey smoker caused severe damage to a detached garage early Tuesday in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie City Fire Department received the call about 5:15 a.m. for a fire in the northwest area of the city, Fire Chief Dave Bennett said.
Bennett said a Tonganoxie man was smoking a turkey inside the garage, and the turkey smoker caught on fire and spread to an adjacent wall. Bennett said he was still working on a complete report and did not have the man's name.
The fire chief estimated damage to the garage and a garden tractor at $30,000 in damage.
He also noted that the device was not a turkey fryer, which has become a popular item in recent years for preparing turkeys.
"I'd never seen one like this," Bennett said. "It was like an old refrigerator that was turned into a smoker."
Bennett said the fire was ruled accidental.