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TeamCasey
06-10-2005, 08:18 AM
Kittens use fax as toilet, spark house fire
Cats run to safety, but house in Japan suffers extensive damage

Reuters
Updated: 5:00 a.m. ET June 10, 2005


TOKYO - Two kittens picked the wrong place to relieve themselves when they urinated on a fax machine, sparking a fire that extensively damaged their Japanese owner’s house.

Investigators in the western city of Kobe have concluded that the fire in January was caused by a spark generated when the urine soaked the machine’s electrical printing mechanism.

The fire damaged the kitchen and living room before it was put out by the house’s owner, who was treated for mild smoke inhalation, said Masahito Oyabu, a fireman at the Nagata fire station in central Kobe.

The kittens quickly ran to safety, he added.

“If you have a cat, or a dog for that matter, be careful where they urinate,” Oyabu said. “Especially keep them away from electrical appliances and wires.”

RedFanAlways1966
06-10-2005, 08:26 AM
Cats and fax... kinda rhymes! Obviously not a good mix though... bet the owner was "pissed-off".

TeamDunn
06-10-2005, 08:35 AM
Cats and fax... kinda rhymes! Obviously not a good mix though... bet the owner was "pissed-off".

This may be one of the few cases he would like to be pissed on (depending on if any flames were near him!) ;)

KronoRed
06-10-2005, 10:05 AM
Arsonist cats :help:

What's next?!?

Red Leader
06-10-2005, 10:06 AM
ALL cats are EVIL.

RFS62
06-10-2005, 10:07 AM
I say arrest those cats and interrogate them. Sounds like there's a lot more to this story than we've heard.

Redsland
06-10-2005, 02:27 PM
So much for my idea of using super-intelligent cats as cheap office clerical help.

UKFlounder
06-10-2005, 03:10 PM
Investigators found witnesses, but they would not say anything, as, apparently, the cats had their tounges. :help:

RBA
06-10-2005, 03:16 PM
Oyabu said, "We are having cat fried rice for dinner."

RFS62
06-10-2005, 03:40 PM
I believe it's time for some sweet and sour kitty.