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'Angry' tortoise sets owner's house on fire

Posted on Saturday, 28 December, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

Firefighters emerged from the house with the culprit. Image Credit: Twitter / Essex Fire Service
A tortoise with a rather irate expression recently ended up having to be rescued from a burning house.
Firefighters were called out to a house in the small town of Great Dunmow, England on Christmas Day to tackle a blaze that had started while the owner was away from home.

As it turned out however, there was someone in the house in need of rescue - a 45-year-old tortoise who, as it happens, was also the prime suspect in the mystery of how the fire started.

"The fire started after the tortoise knocked a heat lamp onto its bedding, which then caught alight," said Great Dunmow Fire Station watch manager Gary Wain.
"This tortoise has had a very lucky Christmas Day - he is 45 years young and will now hopefully continue to live a long and happy life thanks to working smoke alarms."

The fortunate reptile has since earned himself something of an irate reputation thanks to a photograph showing him looking rather angry after being rescued by firefighers.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (9)

Tags: Tortoise, Fire

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 26 December, 2019, 13:56
That was the owner's stupidity. The heat lamp for Zeke, our bearded dragon isaway from him and secured.
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam on 26 December, 2019, 14:00
NOOO! it shows how important it is NOT to leave heatlamps on when you are out and have animals roaming around the house.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Oniomancer on 26 December, 2019, 14:07
It was probably trying to kill a spider.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney on 26 December, 2019, 14:08
You can leave them on. Just make sure they can't be knocked around because withreptiles and naked hedgehogs in mankinis,you have to.
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam on 26 December, 2019, 14:25
Yeah the hedgehog in a mankini? Would not like to see it catch fire, but reckon it needs locking up - for its own safety ofcourse.
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 26 December, 2019, 14:27
Tried to find a hedgehog in a mankini, this is the closest I got, al least the size and hat are right
Comment icon #7 Posted by AllPossible on 28 December, 2019, 21:41
45 years old? And hes burning my house down?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Trelane on 29 December, 2019, 14:36
@tortugabob, are you OK????
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mantis914 on 10 February, 2020, 23:47
I've got a Sulcata and she has a curious streak and will try to get into everything when she's not sleeping. If it looks yummy, she'll try to eat it. If it looks interesting, she'll try to knock it down andstomp allover it. I can see how this could happen but as Piney said, you have to keep stuff like that away and secured for their own sake.

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