Excerpts from dnainfo.com:
Nobody was injured in separate fires that damaged a pair of Beverly homes Wednesday morning — including one being blamed on squirrels.
The first fire occurred around 4 a.m. on the back porch of a home near 101st and Leavitt St. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the home was left uninhabitable after the fire due to both smoke and water damage.
The second fire occurred about 6 a.m. at in the 2600 block of W. 100th Place. A resident of the home on W. 100th Place said that fire was caused by an electrical malfunction brought on by squirrels who had made their way into the small room off the back of the house.
The room was completely charred but the rest of the home was largely spared, he said.