Woman Starts A Fire In An Apartment By Trying To Kill Bedbugs On Her Own
It would be nice if pest infestations could be eradicated by normal everyday people, but some problems must be handled by professionals. A recent incident involving bedbugs, alcohol and fire prove this point well. Recently a woman accidentally started a fire in her apartment as a result of attempting a do-it-yourself technique that supposedly eradicates bedbug infestations. The complex was inhabited by multiple families in addition to the woman responsible for the fire. Three people were immediately hospitalized as a result of the fire, and everyone living in the complex is now without a home.
According to Randy Freel, district chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department, the fire started after alcohol was ignited by an open flame. The open flame was likely a lit candle or burning incense. Seven adults and three children saw the destruction of their living areas. And three other individuals living in the complex were hospitalized as a result of smoke inhalation. One of the displaced residents of the apartment complex, Kameron Lyshe, arrived to see her apartment complex on fire. Lyshe used Facebook Live Video to broadcast the destruction. The video was an hour long. Once the fire was put out, Lyshe posted photos of the destruction to Facebook. The fire caused the roof to cave in, and not a single area of the complex was spared.
Authorities have not named any of the residents, including the woman who started the fire. Fire officials claimed that this was the second fire in a two week period that was started as a result of an individual trying to kill bedbugs. In fact, many fires are started by people attempting do-it-yourself bedbug extermination techniques. Last month a thirteen year old boy, also from Cincinnati, started a fire in his home by dousing a bedug with alcohol and igniting the bug with a match. In 2012 thirty people lost their homes after a woman living in an apartment building resorted to the same foolish technique. These people likely regret their failure to call a professional.
Have you ever killed a bedbug with alcohol, fire or both?