While Dog Dozes, Cat Alerts Owner To Fire

Norwich, NY (AP) -- An upstate New York man can thank his pet cat for alerting him to a house fire, as his dog snoozed nearby.

The cat is being credited with waking up Edward Rooney after a fire started in his North Norwich home.

Fire officials say Rooney was asleep on a living room couch Tuesday morning when the frisky cat awoke him. Rooney discovered the fire in a bedroom and called the fire department.

He was treated for smoke inhalation. The fire department says the pets weren't hurt.

Investigators say the blaze was caused by an electrical malfunction in a VCR.

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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