A cat saved its family by raising the alarm after it touched off a fire, German police said.

Mimi the black-and-white cat was playing in the family kitchen in the northwest town of Luedenhausen when a misstep switched on an electric oven, which ignited papers stacked next to it. But the fast-thinking cat awoke the family by meowing loudly and pushing heavy objects on the floor.
"Mimi saved the family. There would have been a major fire had she not raised the alarm," a police spokesman said.

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