GARDNER (CBS) – A man thawing frozen pipes in a home in Gardner accidentally set the house on fire Tuesday morning.

Flames broke out in the two-and-a-half story home on Greenwood Street around 9 a.m.

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The fire at this home in Gardner was started when a resident tried to thaw out frozen pipes. (WBZ-TV)

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No one was hurt, but the bitter cold made it difficult for firefighters.

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The fire chief told reporters he didn’t know what the homeowner was using to thaw the pipes, but he said if you encounter a similar problem in your home, don’t use a hair dryer or a blow torch. Instead, call a plumber.