Mice guilty of arson but cleared of manslaugher

mouseAt first it appeared that a fire caused by mice chewing a refrigerator’s power cord were responsible for the death of Linda Wyatt, 55, who was found badly burned and dead, slumped against the appliance in her home in London, England. But an autopsy revealed that Ms. Wyatt’s airway showed no evidence of the inhalation of fire products. The coroner found that she died of coronary artery disease, and may have collapsed and passed away after discovering the blaze. The fire was most likely a coincidence, or at worst a contributing factor. So for now, the mice are off the hook.

More details about the fatality are at Court News UK.

We are adding this incident to our Animal Arson series.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Mice guilty of arson but cleared of manslaugher”

  1. Good eye, Bill. I noticed the car but did not get a good enough look to comprehend the pattern. GO CARL.


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