House Fire Was Dog's Fault: Police No one else was home; pet gets saved By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Aug 31, 2014 4:50 PM CDT 23 comments Comments A fire in a New Jersey home has been blamed on the dog. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Too bad they don't teach fire safety in obedience school. A fire in a New Jersey home this weekend appears to have started when a dog turned on the stove, police say, per the Asbury Park Press. But the canine may not be entirely to blame: It seems someone left a laptop on the stove in Lacey Township. That's what started burning when the dog made its mistake. After the fire was reported, police turned up to find smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters put out the flames and saved the dog, who was unhurt, the AP notes; no one else was home.