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 Two Michigan tenants are being sued for $2 million in damage to their apartment complex that they allegedly caused while trying to  cook a squirrel.

According to a news report, a woman and her boyfriend allegedly agreed in the lease to cover smoke or water damage at the property.

Extensive damage occurred after the boyfriend used a blow torch to burn the fur off the squirrel. He then left the hot torch next to a plastic plant holder while he went inside to finish cooking his game, more info

according to the report.

Before the couple realized what was happening, the fire had spread out of control.

Thirty-two units were damaged by the blaze, according to the report. The two insurance companies that covered the losses are suing the couple for negligence. While the woman was not aware of the events leading up to the fire, the insurers claim she is still liable under the lease contract.

It likely will be some time before the dispute moves through the courts.

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  • DevilsAdvacat

    Grey squirrels are a growing menace in this country because so few people
    are trapping them and most of their predators have become extinct or
    are an endangered species . I suspect there are more than 200 million of them
    across the US alone.

    As you can see from the link below, this problem has become so obvious
    and costly
    to insurance companies that they are adding an ambiguous clause to power plant
    insurance policies that allows them to avoid paying for damages caused by
    “arcing”. but the real purpose of this ambiguous clause is not
    usually discovered
    until policy holders (ie Power companies) file claims for damages and
    are denied.

    2016-11-09-Court case: City of West Liberty VS. Employers Mutual Casualty Co.
    (319) 627-2814 = Jacob Lane · Wednesday, November 9, 2016 “Well, on
    Nov. 7, 2014,
    around 11 a.m. a squirrel crawled into the city’s electrical substation, came into contact
    with the main transformer and caused a city-wide power outage. The result was a
    small explosion, witnessed by many community members. The transformer
    went up in a bright light and black smoke poured into the sky. After all was said
    and done, EMC neglected to pay $213,524.76 in damage to the transformer due to
    an “arcing” clause in the original policy. Specifically: “[EMC does] not pay for
    loss caused by arcing or by electrical currents other than lightning. But if arcing or
    electrical currents results in fire, “we” cover the loss or damage caused by that fire.”
    “Arcing” occurs when a strong discharge of electrical current jumps a gap or medium
    between two electrodes.”

    Squirrels are easy to trap and then send to “squirrel heaven”.
    I have permanently removed almost 70 squirrels from our small suburban
    property in less than 2 years. I then leave them for a fox that lives in a
    nearby woods. Win-Win

    There are never, EVER any squirrel headlines that anyone in their “right mind”
    would consider to be positive. They almost always involve some sort of tragedy.
    If you google for squirrel stories every 2-3 weeks you will be surprised
    at the problems they are causing around the country.

    (Some nitwit burned down an apartment house cooking a squirrel
    with a propane torch but the link above will cause google
    to ignore those stories.)

    There are videos on Youtube that explain how to make your own trap.
    But the #1 problem I have with commercial traps is that birds can easily
    steal the bait without setting off the trap.
    This one seems like the best and easiest to make

    Small towns should offer a small bounty to people willing to trap squirrels
    in my opinion.

    I have some other tips for people wanting to trap squirrels.

    Bill Z
    Folsom, PA
    devilsadvacat at

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