Pet Lizard Causes Fire That Severely Damages Panhandle Home

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A pet lizard is being blamed for causing a fire that severely damaged a house in the Florida Panhandle.

The fire killed the reptile and put a cat in an animal hospital.

The state fire marshal's office says the blaze began after the large orange lizard escaped from its cage yesterday in a suburb of Fort Walton Beach suburb.

The lizard apparently knocked over a heat lamp atop the cage and it landed on a comforter lying on the floor. That ignited the fire that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the modest three-bedroom rental house.

The people who lived in the home were at work.