Burning mouse takes revenge by burning down house-Fiction!
Burning Mouse Takes Revenge By Burning Down House-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:A homeowner in New Mexico allegedly disposed of a captured mouse by throwing him into a pile of burning leaves. The burning mouse came to rest below a window and the resulted fire destroyed the house.
The Truth:There were news stories of this incident that said the fire was caused by the burning mouse. The homeowner corrected that later, however, in an interview with KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.. Chano (not Luciano) Mares said the mouse was already dead when he tossed it onto the burning leaves. He said he things the fire that destroyed his house was from burning leaves that were blown by the wind.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
*FORT SUMNER, New Mexico (AP) — A mouse got its revenge against a
homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing
creature ran back to the man’s house and set it on fire.*
Luciano Mares, 81, of Fort Sumner said he caught the mouse inside his
house and wanted to get rid of it.
“I had some leaves burning outside, so I threw it in the fire, and the
mouse was on fire and ran back at the house,” Mares said from a motel room
Village Fire Chief Juan Chavez said the burning mouse ran to just
beneath a window, and the flames spread up from there and throughout the house.
No was hurt inside, but the home and everything in it was destroyed.
Unseasonably dry and windy conditions have charred more than 53,000
acres and destroyed 10 homes in southeastern New Mexico in recent weeks.
“I’ve seen numerous house fires,” village Fire Department Capt. Jim
Lyssy said, “but nothing as unique as this one.”