A 13-Year-Old Boy Caused $300,000 in Fire Damage to Building After Trying to Kill a Bed Bug

CINCINNATI — An apartment fire that caused nearly $300,000 in damage and displaced eight people was caused by a teen trying to rid his room of bedbugs.

The fire at the Hawaiian Terrace apartments started around midnight Wednesday when a 13-year-old boy tried to kill a bedbug by lighting it on fire, according to fire officials on the scene. His mattress caught on fire and quickly spread to the building’s attic.


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