Pet lizard blamed for causing house fire

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by King Cobra, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    For some reason I just don't find that funny? I think its sort of sad that this person was keeping so many animals all inside a small room. I can see people keeping cats and dogs as pets because they're so domesticated, but other animals are meant to roam free, which causes all of these accidents. All they want is some room to move around in.
  3. King Cobra thread starter macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    I figured some others wouldn't find it funny. But I'm just cruel. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
  5. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004
    QUOTE: "Although rare, Gazillo said it wasn't the first time he has investigated a fire caused by a lizard and a heat lamp."

    Is this a Florida thing?
    Or is fire inspector Gary Gazillo consulted by other states and countries?
    A kind of roving expert on "lizard / lamp" phenomena ... ?
  6. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001

    I think it make sense, even though this is the most humorous quote from the article. Lizards are cold blooded, right? And there was a heat lamp on in the room, probably because the room was chilly. If you're a lizard out of your cage and you feel some heat coming from on top a table, I'm sure you'd want to go investigate and get a little closer.....:D

    Still, stupid to have something like that that could have been a much larger disaster.

  7. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    I call this one:
    "Stupid people, stupid animals, smart police work."

    A lizard escaped from its cage? Did it dig its way out? And the heat lamp was (not) fastened to the top of the cage? Am I missing something?

    Lizard causes house fire, nearly kills other pets. Was the lizard feeling like he/she wasn't getting enough TLC?

    And the police spent a few thousand tax dollars to figure out a lizard caused a house fire...could have been worse.
  8. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    That is very sad, again show that you just can't be too careful. If that lizard was like one of our dogs which had a propensity to get out of his cage, they should have secured the cage. Proper care of pets is to make sure that they are secure. It was lucky for the other animals that they had helpful neighbors. :(
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Just after one of the hurricanes this season, someone who had many (20+) cats was without power and was burning candles. A couple of the cats were chasing each other through the dark house and knocked a candle over, which resulted in the whole house burning. Half of the cats died but the woman left the house safely. :(
  10. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Whoa...that is really saddening... :(

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