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Beaver blamed for burning sensation

The Giant Noodle

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Mar 22, 2010
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Beaver blamed for causing fire

By QMI Agency

KINGSTON, Ont. - Investigators blame a beaver for a fire that caused more than $150,000 damage to a cottage and outbuilding just north of Perth Road Village, Ont.
South Firefighters were called to the property around 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20. And found the cottage engulfed in flames, along with another smaller building a few metres away.
The buildings could not be saved but firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to another nearby cottage.
Once the fire was out, the cause was not apparent, not until investigators realized a tree was down on a power line and they could see the distinctive marks of beaver chewing.
Other beaver-chewed trees were down in the area as well.
“It chewed through one of these trees, the tree fell on one of these high voltage lines, shorting the line,” said South Frontenac Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough.
The power was conducted through the tree into the ground, igniting leaves and dry brush.
“With the wind blowing toward the cottage, away it went,” he said.
The cottage is about 20 km north of Kingston.

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