Sure, blame the tortoise. Officials say grumpy-looking reptile at fault for Christmas house fire in England

The main suspect in the fire is a 45-year-old tortoise who appears a bit cranky.

(CNN)You'd think a 45-year-old would know better than to knock a hot object onto his bed.

But a grumpy-looking tortoise apparently named Victor is being blamed for doing that and starting a fire at his human's home in Duton Hill, Essex, in England.
Fire officials there say the tortoise knocked a heat lamp onto its bedding, which then caught on fire. The tortoise was unable to call 999, but neighbors heard smoke alarms and called emergency services.
    Crews were on-call -- at home with their families -- and rushed to the station, then to the house.
    They kept the fire to one room, and Victor, who must have stayed low to the ground in the smoke-filled home, was saved. And the fire was put out quickly.
    A Christmas miracle!
    "This tortoise has had a very lucky Christmas Day -- he is 45 years yo