A dog accidentally started a fire this week while stealing a pancake from on top of a stove in a Southwick, Massachusetts, home.
According to Fox 59, one of the family’s dogs hit the ignition while helping itself to the leftovers. Within minutes, the items on the stove ignited and the home’s fire alarm sounded.
The family had a security system that alerted the fire department, which responded and put out the flames.
Pets and wild animals have a part in starting about 700 home fires per year. Roughly three quarters were started by cooking equipment, fireplaces or chimneys, lighting, or candles. NFPA’s Pet Fire Safety tip sheet provides guidance for fire safety with household animals.