Mice Spark Blaze That Scorches 100 Cats

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2008 3:45 PM CST
A Preble's meadow jumping mouse.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mice started a fire in a Toronto animal shelter that killed 100 cats and three dogs, the Telegraph reports. The rodents likely sparked the blaze by chewing through electrical wires. Canadians nationwide have been donating money and offering temporary homes and meals for the few animal survivors. “People are very upset and some people have just been crying on the phone,” the shelter’s manager said.

“It's unfortunate and ironic that mice caused the fire that killed the cats,” a Toronto Humane Society spokesman said. “Unfortunately, the mice probably perished in the fire as well.”