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Officials warn Thanksgiving cooks of fire dangers

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety warns that holiday-related fires cost Minnesotans $1.3 million in 2009.

In 2009, 49 percent of all fires in the state started in the kitchen. On Thanksgiving weekend alone, 82 residential fires were reported, according to a news release from the state fire marshal. Thanksgiving fires have cost Minnesotans nearly $38 million in the past 20 years.

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