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 that's 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."
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