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A Thanksgiving turkey being cooked on a propane grill is believed to have started one of two fires that Prince George’s County firefighters battled around Thanksgiving.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Prince George Street in Laurel, firefighters responded to a two-story home to find smoke and flames coming from inside the home, fire officials said.

Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the county’s fire/EMS department, said the occupants were smoking a Thanksgiving turkey using a propane grill on their back deck when a fire broke out and spread inside the home. None of the occupants were injured, but a firefighter became sick while on scene and was transported to a hospital for treatment, Brady said.

The fire caused $100,000 in damages, officials said, displacing the occupants of the home.

“Cooking fires far exceed any other cause of fires on Thanksgiving,” Brady said.

The second fire occurred just after midnight Thursday at a fast food restaurant at 5001 Allentown Road in Suitland.

Brady said while battling the fire, firefighters had to evacuate from inside due to the amount of fire to the roof and fear that the building may collapse.

The fire damage is estimated at $250,000, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, Brady said.

djgross@gazette.net