Binko, the half-rabbit, half-puppy imaginary friend of local five year-old Taylor Sharp has been blamed for the fire which destroyed the Sharp family home last night.
Mrs Sharp told Sterne that she was watching television with her husband at about 7 p.m. when her daughter ran into the room.
"She was screaming that Binko had set her bedroom curtains on fire. I didn't believe her - I mean, Binko has had some pretty crazy adventures in the past. It wasn't until the ceiling collapsed on my husband, killing him instantly, that I realised Taylor was telling the truth. That Binko - what a crazy critter!"
According to Miss Sharp, Binko used a cigarette lighter to ignite the curtains before fleeing into the night. A city-wide search last night failed to locate the fugitive firebug, and police fear that he may strike again.
"We're asking people to be vigilant," Sergeant Garry Dawson said. "If you see a pink rabbit with a puppy dog tail, wearing a bow around its middle and a collar with a love heart motif, please call the police. Do not approach Binko - he is armed and considered extremely adorable."