Flaming Cat Causes Loss
Cathay, N.D., May 22.—A cat dressed in doll's clothes and converted into a flaming and madly dashing firebrand by children who set fire to the clothes caused the fire which last December destroyed the farmhouse and barn of Andrew Roth near here, is the finding of the state fire marshal's office after a complete investigation. The fire marshal holds the loss a legitimate one and has ordered the insurance company to settle the bill. The investigation resulted after Mr. Roth repudiated a settlement for $2,500, which a representative of the company persuaded him to make. Mr. Roth places a total loss at about $5,500. Whether the insurance company will contest further payment or not has not been announced.
The Bismarck Tribune, 5-22-1922