The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Cops, courts and fires

May 23, 2013

Cat may have caused Chesterfield house fire

CHESTERFIELD, Ind. — A cat who knocked over a lamp may be to blame for a house fire in Chesterfield Thursday.

The flames were reported in a single-story home in the 200 block of Crestview Court, where crews responded at 11:14 a.m.

“It was mostly contained to the living room,” said Chesterfield-Union Township Fire Department deputy chief Mark Carman. “We believe it was electrical.”

He said the fire looked to have been sparked when one of the home owner’s six cats knocked over a lamp, shattering the bulb. He said homeowner reported seeing a flash, at which point the flames ignited.

Crews from Chesterfield-Union Township, Daleville and Salem and Adams townships responded and doused the flames within about 15 minutes, with support from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Chesterfield police.

Carman said the owners suffered no injuries, and crews were able to rescue their two pet dogs. Only two cats have been recovered, one of which died at the scene.

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