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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 14:31

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - A family dog started a fire inside a Chaska home after climbing atop a pile of items and relieving itself onto an electrical outlet last week.

The Chaska Fire Department said it quickly extinguished the fire. Authorities determined that the dog, a pug, had caused the fire after the strong scent of urine was found emanating from the outlet.

Initially, it appeared unlikely that the pug would be able to lift its leg high enough to hit the outlet. But closer inspection revealed that the pug likely climbed atop items that were on the floor, the department said.

It is not known how much damage the house sustained. Authorities also gave no word as to the health of the pug.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 14:36

A safety switch should trip when there is a short circuit, they must not have had one, unless it was an extremely flammable environment it seems unlikely that a single spark could do this.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 14:44

I'm surprised that the fire didn't eliminate the 'evidence'.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 23:29

I'm surprised the pooch didn't get zapped while he peed on the outlet :|

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 23:34

Wow, I agree with Simon. Some very dodgy electronics and probably other stuff to cause this.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:12

Bad doggie. Do not pee on the outlets. :D

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 14:07

I'm surprised the pooch didn't get zapped while he peed on the outlet :|


They did this on an episode of Myth Busters. It's not really possible unless you have a super strong "stream" because it has to be continuous.