Pig Starts Huge Fire After Pooping Out Pedometer
A pig caused a fire in its sty following a bizarre series of events, which ended in one pig pooping out some copper wires that set off the blaze.
The fire started off after one hungry piggy ate a pedometer, that was used to show the animals were free range, and then pooped out the mangle device which then reacted with the contents of the pigpen.
Posting on Twitter, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: "Should be an oink not a tweet. Tadcaster and Knaresbororough fire crews attended a fire to 4 pigpens near Bramham. No pigs harmed. Cause of fire attributed to a battery powered pedometer carried by one of the pigs (to prove it was free-range), which was eaten by the other.
"After nature had taken its course, it's believed that the copper from the batteries reacted with the pigpen's contents and in conjunction with dry bedding, ignited burning approx. 75sqm of hay. A hose reel was used to extinguish the fire and save the bacon."
Thankfully, no pigs or people were harmed in the fire.
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Strangely, this isn't the first case of animal causing a fire; back in December last year, a 45-year-old tortoise knocked over his heat lamp, which landed on some bedding and triggered a blaze.
Essex Fire Service tweeted out a photo of the angry looking little fella, who was thankfully saved from the fire.
This 45 year old tortoise might look angry but it's his lucky day. After he set his bedding alight his neighbour heard the smoke alarm and called us. Our on-call crews left their families to go extinguish the fire and gave him a very merry Christmas :arrow_right: https://t.co/xkk3QsXwGT pic.twitter.com/L3v8fFlu0p
- Essex Fire Service (@ECFRS) December 25, 2019
Watch Manager Gary Wain, Great Dunmow Fire Station, said: "The fire started after the tortoise knocked a heat lamp onto its bedding, which then caught alight.
"This incident shows just how important it is to have smoke alarms on every level of your home - even if you're not home they will alert anyone close by to the first sign of fire.
"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."
Featured Image Credit: Russell Jenkinson