SANTA ROSA, Calif. (May 2, 2013)--A Northern California couple can’t blame it on their dog, but it appears the dog’s bowl was the culprit.
Authorities say sun refracted off the dog's shiny water bowl and ignited a fire at Terry and Shay Weisbrich's home on Wednesday afternoon in Santa Rosa, Calif.
The fire was quickly put out, but it left a hole in the siding.
A fire department engineer helped determine the dog bowl's role in the fire.
Rene Torres returned the bowl to its original position during his investigation of the fire's cause and found it concentrated light right on the area of the home that was charred.
The Press Democrat says the couple's dog, Toby, had a replacement bowl by the evening, presumably one that’s not quite as shiny.