Excited puppy causes extensive fire damage

AN EXCITED dog is thought to have started a fire which caused extensive damage to a property in Brampton. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire, which started in the kitchen, was likely to have been caused by a dog getting excited about a w

AN EXCITED dog is thought to have started a fire which caused extensive damage to a property in Brampton.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire, which started in the kitchen, was likely to have been caused by a dog getting excited about a walk.

A spokesman told The Hunts Post one of the two dogs kept by a woman at the bungalow in Flint Close was believed to have jumped up and accidentally turned on an electric hob on the cooker. The hob heated up and melted a deep fat fryer on the cooker, starting a fire.

While the woman was out, the fire sent smoke through the bungalow at about 6.30pm last Monday, leaving the home inhabitable.

The Red Cross Fire Victim Support attended the scene to offer alternative accommodation for the woman who was staying with her son elsewhere in Brampton.

The victim's son, who asked not be named, told The Hunts Post: "My mother's home is not fit to live in so she is has moved in with me for the time being.

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"She is quite upset by the whole thing, as you can imagine.

"She told me that she thinks one of her puppies jumped up at the cooker, which started the fire."

A fire service spokesman said it was advisable not to leave anything on an electric cooker.

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