MICE TORCH 100 CATS A fire that killed nearly 100 cats at an animal shelter near Toronto may have been started by mice, say officials. By Tom Leonard in New York Last Updated: 9:14PM GMT 19 Dec 2008 Three dogs and several rats also died in the blaze at the Humane Society shelter in Oshawa. Preliminary reports by a fire marshall indicate that the fire started in the ceiling and was probably caused by mice chewing through electrical wires. Only nine dogs, two cats and a rat could be rescued from the fire, which destroyed the building along with its suspected perpetrators. The tragedy has prompted a national outpouring of support with Canadians donating money as well as offering food and temporary homes for the survivors. Ruby Richards, the shelter's manager, said: "It's been crazy here. People are very upset and some people have just been crying on the phone." A Toronto Humane Society spokesman told the BBC: "It's unfortunate and ironic that mice caused the fire that killed the cats. Unfortunately, the mice probably perished in the fire as well."