A 21-year-old millennial set his parent’s home on fire while playing with matches in the basement, reducing the house to ashes and killing the family’s three pets, in Maine.
The young adult was apparently setting ants on fire in the basement, when one of the matches caught some combustible material. The fire spread quickly, and by the time fire fighters arrived the fire was spewing out the front windows and door.
The 21-year-old faces some injuries on his hands and face but nothing life threatening. He was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
The parents own the home but were not at home at the time. It is unlikely they will press charges against their son.
The Daily Mail reports:
A 21-year-old man burned down his family home and killed three pets after trying to kill ants in the basement using matches.
Investigators say Devon Doucette destroyed the home in Old Orchard Beach, Maine on Saturday.
One of the matches he was using to kill the ants ignited combustible materials in the basement and quickly spread through the rest of the house, WMTV reports.
When fire crews arrived, flames were spewing out of two windows and the side door of the home.
Doucette was taken to hospital and treated smoke inhalation and minor burns to his hands after he tried to carry some burning items out of the house.
The fire killed the family’s two cats and one dog, while another pet cat is unaccounted for.
His parents own the house but were not home at the time.
Authorities say charges against Doucette are not likely.
The property was destroyed by the fire and authorities say it is considered a total loss.