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Squirrel torches mans home twice in 8 days
Posted: 22 June 2007 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]
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If you think Alan Turcott has bad luck, just think of the squirrels in his neighborhood.

For the second time in eight days, Turcott’s Blue Island home caught fire when squirrels knocked high-voltage wires loose from a utility pole and onto his three-story house, fire officials said.

“This is unbelievable,” Blue Island Fire Chief Robert Copp said. “I’ve seen where squirrels have shorted things out or blown a fuse, but nothing like this before.”

Two scorched squirrels were found after the fires, confirming the critter cause, Copp said.

It appears they transferred power from one line to the next as they bounced across the wires June 9 and 17.

“It’s like a battlefield around here,” Turcott said as he pointed to his plywood-patched home. “I think it’s a total loss. It’s just a big nightmare.”

But Turcott isn’t so quick to point the finger at his furry neighbors. The lines should be able to handle squirrel traffic, he said.

“If [ComEd] would have maintained and repaired [the wires] properly, the fires wouldn’t have started,” he said.

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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How on earth were high-voltage wires able to be knocked down by a squirrel?
I’d want mine to be attached a lot more securely than that…

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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They were knocked down by the squirrel completing the electrical circuit.  The arc probably blew the line and/or connector which caused it to fall.

I wonder if those suicide squirrels will get their 22 virgins in heaven? wink

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Wow!  My town makes it to the MoH.


And I was informed of this news through the MoH, not the local media!

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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*Make note in big book where muto lives*
Muhahahaha!!!

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I ain’t hard to find…

And I got even less to take!

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Oh random blackmail is just a hobby of mine.

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Oh and BTW it’s mOtu, nOe wink

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Posted: 22 June 2007 06:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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N E O - 22 June 2007 10:56 PM

Oh random blackmail is just a hobby of mine.

Yes, you’re an amateur blackmailer.
Very amateur… wink

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Posted: 22 June 2007 07:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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motu - 22 June 2007 10:58 PM

Oh and BTW it’s mOtu, nOe wink

That is my own dyslexic code.

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Posted: 22 June 2007 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Madmouse - 22 June 2007 10:59 PM
N E O - 22 June 2007 10:56 PM

Oh random blackmail is just a hobby of mine.

Yes, you’re an amateur blackmailer.
Very amateur… wink

I am just holding back on you.

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Posted: 23 June 2007 06:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Seems that 2007 is the year of the squirrel.

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