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Man burns himself and his home while trying to destroy bedbugs with alcohol and fire

By Mason White 2:00 PM January 11, 2016
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man suffered serious injuries and his home was destroyed after dousing his apartment with alcohol and setting a bedbug on fire, police in Michigan said.

The Detroit Police Department said that they received a call about an apartment building on fire around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the police investigation, the man, who was not identified, suffered from bedbugs for about four months. He had an exterminator treat his apartment every two weeks, but the bugs remained.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old man found a bug, and doused himself and his apartment with alcohol. He then tried to set the bug on fire using a lit cigarette.

The fire quickly spread, and by the time blaze was extinguished, four apartments were destroyed. In addition to the four burned apartments, 24 units suffered water damage.