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Squirrel sparks blaze at cheese factory destroying 20,000 gallons of milk

By Mason White 12:00 PM August 14, 2017
Squirrel eating nuts (illustration)
Squirrel eating nuts (illustration)
By: Mason White

A cheese factory in Canada, suffered huge losses after a squirrel started a large blaze that destroyed thousands of gallons of milk.

The Scardillo Cheese factory in Burnaby, had to dispose 22,000 gallons of milk after the heat from the fire and the power outage that followed caused it to spoil.

The fire department said that firefighters were called on Tuesday, at around 9:00, to report a fire near Scardillo Cheese at 7865 Venture Street.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene, noticed an electric pole on fire. They extinguished the fire, which was caused by a squirrel chewing on several wires.

The fire knocked out power to the area, including the Scardillo Cheese factory. It took twelve hours for the electric company to restore the power in the affected area.

By the time the power went back on, employees at the Scardillo Cheese factory noticed that their entire milk supply was spoiled.

Luckily, the company’s cheese was not affected.