Cat blamed in $40,000 house fire

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A cat was responsible for a fire that did an estimated $40,000 in damages to a Liberty Pike residence Sunday.
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Dean Jones

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Oct 22, 2007
 
That darn cat!
Are you kidding me

Plainfield, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Yet another good reason NOT to have a cat!
Petey

Indianapolis, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
...uh, the cats to blame? What about the OWNER who knows cats like to walk on and roam anywhere in the house and yet still leaves a small, lighted oil lamp on her desk. Geesh!
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Indianapolis, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
I have 3 cats, and I also enjoy candles. I DON'T put my candles anywhere my cats could reach them. Its called common sense. NOW if the cat had been smoking and fell asleep with the lit ciggie in her mouth...then I say sure blame the cat!
just wondering

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Oct 22, 2007
 
will this fly with the insurance companies?
Mike

Kendallville, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Why blame the cat?
mmm

Carmel, IN

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#8
Oct 22, 2007
 
wow, you people are pit vipers!! I read these comments occasionally and every time, it's just people with too much time on their hands bashing whoever or whatever the article is about.
But by all means, continue. It's amusing for me.
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Mishawaka, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
seriously wrote:
I have 3 cats, and I also enjoy candles. I DON'T put my candles anywhere my cats could reach them. Its called common sense. NOW if the cat had been smoking and fell asleep with the lit ciggie in her mouth...then I say sure blame the cat!
That image made me laugh out loud!
Meow

Indianapolis, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
She should have had that "smoke-alarm" parrot from that other story.
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Mishawaka, IN

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Now that I think about it, when I oversleep and my cat wants me to wake up and feed him, he jumps up on my dresser and starts pushing things off onto the floor, so the noise disturbs my sleep and I wake up. Maybe this cat was similarly getting frustrated with his owners and knocked the candle over to get their attention. If that were the case, and the cat intentionally knocked it over, then the cat could be said to have caused the fire.

If however, it was simply that the cat knocked over the candle while he was pussy footing around, then he can hardly be blamed for their lack of sense for putting a candle within the cat's reach.
Re Think This One

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Who lit the oil lamp??? Surely, not the cat?

Competant adult supervison is a must with any flame. One of those 3 were missing. You decide:

1. Competant
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Funny

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Meow wrote:
She should have had that "smoke-alarm" parrot from that other story.
That's cute. LOL
Marine Hero

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Oct 22, 2007
 
seriously wrote:
I have 3 cats, and I also enjoy candles. I DON'T put my candles anywhere my cats could reach them. Its called common sense. NOW if the cat had been smoking and fell asleep with the lit ciggie in her mouth...then I say sure blame the cat!
That's not the strangest thing I've heard regarding a cat. Several years ago, a cat suffocated a baby in Nashville, IN. An Autopsy confirmed the story!
Oce The Cat

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Oct 22, 2007
 
I have three kitties and they are typical felines. They get into things they shouldn't and if I don't want them to get into something, I put it in a closet that locks so they can't get to it. If I burn candles, I stay with them all the time. I can't blame the kitty on this one. Cats only do what is natural and if rubbing up against something is natural, then that is what he did. Stupid owner. But the cat can't speak up for himself, so he gets the blame. At least he escaped any injury. The owner must have retardation.
Oce The Cat

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Oct 22, 2007
 
seriously wrote:
I have 3 cats, and I also enjoy candles. I DON'T put my candles anywhere my cats could reach them. Its called common sense. NOW if the cat had been smoking and fell asleep with the lit ciggie in her mouth...then I say sure blame the cat!
I'm with you on this one - see my previous post. Meow Meow Meow Where's my cigs????? hahahahahah
SNL

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Oct 22, 2007
 
no one wrote:
sounds like a perfect scam to me...
I knocked over the.....I mean, the cat did it. Yeah, the cat did it. That's the ticket!
Heather in Indy

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Are you kidding me wrote:
Yet another good reason NOT to have a cat!
Amen to that!!!
INDYGIRL

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Re Think This One wrote:
Who lit the oil lamp??? Surely, not the cat?
Competant adult supervison is a must with any flame. One of those 3 were missing. You decide:
1. Competant
or
2. Adult
or
3. Supervision
BINGO!!!
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Oct 22, 2007
 
The CAT was not responsible for the fire!
The PERSON who left the lit lamp out was!
THINK!!!
Dave

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Oct 22, 2007
 
In a follow up story, the Cat was contacted by The Star, and had no comment, saying he needed to speak with his attorney first. He had already been contacted by Keller & Keller.

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