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Nearly 70 cats dead in Fairfax County fire

A total of 69 cats and seven birds died in a Fairfax County house fire over the weekend, according to authorities.

As reported Sunday by Marty Weil:

... a pet sitter went to the house in the 13900 block [of South Springs Drive in the Clifton area] shortly after 3 p.m. to check on the cats and several birds also believed to be in the house.
The sitter opened the door and was met by thick, heavy smoke, Schmidt said. Firefighters were summoned immediately.

Five cats remain missing, authorities said. No humans were harmed in the fire, which caused an estimated $75,000 in damage.

The homeowners worked with a group that helped rescue stray and abandoned cats, neighbors said Sunday.

The fire was accidental, investigators said, caused by electrical wiring under a sectional sofa.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 2:38 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety  
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The cats were smokin dope again.
But dont worry the birds wont sing.

Posted by: captgrumpy | November 30, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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