the cat caught on fire.
he was grooming himself near a candle (it was in a jar! i'm a responsible pet owner, i swear!) on the counter (he shouldn't have been on the counter anyway! i swear!) and caught his profusely fluffy hind quarter on fire. luckily mom was standing right there and got him away from the flame before it did more than singe a significant portion of fur close to the skin. sigh.
the house still stinks.