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Pa. smokehouse fire ‘best-smelling in long time’

Published: Wed, February 15, 2012 @ 12:36 p.m.

Pa. smokehouse fire ‘best-smelling in long time’

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters have managed to save 200 pounds of Polish sausage from what they’re calling the best-smelling fire they’ve doused in years.

The New Castle News reports that firefighters responded about 11:30 a.m. Monday when a 20-by-20-foot smokehouse caught fire in the yard of Cash Koszela. He’s a retired meat cutter who’s been smoking his own sausage for about 30 years.

Firefighters say some grease caught fire when the smokehouse got too hot — about 300 degrees.

Koszela says it will cost about $3,000 to replace the smokehouse. It’s actually a tin-lined walk-in cooler fed by smoke piped in from a fire pit.

Assistant Fire Chief David Joseph says, “This is definitely the best-smelling fire we’ve seen in a long time.”


1danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

smokin his own sausage eh? now thats talent (im awful i know)

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2snydro0108(61 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Great story, Vindy. Quite the newsworthy article. At least they saved 200lbs and didn't let it all go up in flames. "Hurry guys, put out the fire as fast as you can because the well-being of the sausage is at hand". And this guy was smokin his own sausage for 30 years. Quite the limber lad, eh?

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