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FORT SUMNER, N.M. (Jan. 8) - A mouse got its revenge against a homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing creature returned 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 Saturday.Village Fire Chief Juan Chavez said the burning mouse ran to just beneath a window of the nearby home. The flames spread up the window and throughout the house.


All contents of the home were destroyed, he said. No injuries were reported.

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."


01/08/06 17:10 EST

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"It's really humorous more than anything that a mouse burned down the house," he told KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. The mouse was dead when it hit the burning leaves.


Mares said he trapped and killed the critter and tossed it on the fire.


The flames, he said, probably reached his house because they were driven by high winds.


Capt. Jim Lyssy of the Fort Sumner Fire Department said the rumor probably got started because there was "a little too much excitement" at the time of the fire.


Mares lost everything -- and has no insurance -- but the mouse story still makes him smile.


"I started laughing, and I'll be laughing from now on," he said. "It's silly."

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ha. his house burned down, hes got no insurance, but at least he can chuckle about his stupid fucking fake mouse story.

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