Urinating cat, not fire, caused smoke in Pa. home

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — One western Pennsylvania fire department learned that there's not necessarily fire wherever there's smoke.

New Castle's assistant fire chief Jim Donston tells The Associated Press that firefighters were called when an electrical outlet on a floor was smoking, only to find that happened because the family's cat urinated into the outlet.

The New Castle News (http://bit.ly/zHd1RS ) first reported the incident Friday and Donston supplied more details to the AP.

The assistant chief says a Columbia Gas worker was at the house checking for a possible leak when he noticed the smoking outlet and called the fire department Wednesday about 7:30 p.m.

Donston says firefighters "found the receptacle wet from cat urine" and shut off the electrical supply to that circuit.

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Information from: New Castle News, http://www.ncnewsonline.com

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