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Man burns down parents' house, kills pets while trying to exterminate ants
FoxNews.com ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Associated Press writer

Posted on 03/20/2017 9:00:36 PM PDT by dayglored

Maine's state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents' house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches.

Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house.

...the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time... the fire killed two cats and one dog. They say charges are not likely.

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TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: ants; fire; idiot; matches
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I feel bad for the kitties and the pooch.

And the parents.

Even the ants (sort of).

The idiot, not so much.


1 posted on 03/20/2017 9:00:36 PM PDT by dayglored
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To: dayglored

Fire ants?


2 posted on 03/20/2017 9:02:23 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Jerusalem is the city of The Great King! Forgive my misspelling when on my tablet)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe a NAPL ping; and/or Sad Kitty ping.


3 posted on 03/20/2017 9:03:34 PM PDT by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.")
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To: dayglored

A most unfortunate last name for this young man. “Douche”.
His parents will never let this go. My Dad sure wouldn’t have.
He would have brought it up in the future as a family joke told at Thanksgiving. Years from now, they’ll be laughing about it. The story will be retold with everything greatly exaggerated.


4 posted on 03/20/2017 9:04:53 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: dayglored
You can't kill Ant Music. It is with us forever.


5 posted on 03/20/2017 9:05:29 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (What difference does it make? A big difference!)
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To: dayglored

He should have used diatomaceous earth. This is a sad story.


6 posted on 03/20/2017 9:05:46 PM PDT by Maudeen (No one on this earth is too far gone for Jesus.)
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To: dayglored

Devon’s first response to the Fire Chief; “I don’t know what happened. It worked fine on Youtube. Maybe I should have watched the video all the way to the end.”


7 posted on 03/20/2017 9:08:45 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: dayglored

Did he get the ants?


8 posted on 03/20/2017 9:10:30 PM PDT by Organic Panic (Flinging poo is not a valid argument)
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To: lee martell
> Years from now, they’ll be laughing about it.

I think that will depend on whether their homeowner's insurance pays off on a totally idiotic human-caused loss. It might not, in which case laughing might not be their reaction.

If this idiot son is 21, then the parents are likely in their mid-40's. Not a good time to take a major loss.

Let's hope circumstances allow them to laugh, years from now, as you say.

9 posted on 03/20/2017 9:12:25 PM PDT by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.")
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To: dayglored

What a complete idiot. Those poor trapped kitties and dog. My heart goes out to their pain and terror.


10 posted on 03/20/2017 9:12:32 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Dogbert41

11 posted on 03/20/2017 9:12:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both)
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To: dayglored

Ants could drive a person to do this.

One summer, we had an ant problem, and my kids joked, “Maybe we should burn the house down. To kill the ants.”


12 posted on 03/20/2017 9:13:07 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: dayglored

There is a Henry Mancini song somewhere in this thread.


13 posted on 03/20/2017 9:15:54 PM PDT by MrEdd (MrEdd)
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To: Organic Panic
> Did he get the ants?

I think it's safe to assume, given that the whole house was on fire, that the ants did not fare well, even in the basement. If nothing else, the water from putting out the fire probably drowned them.

14 posted on 03/20/2017 9:16:49 PM PDT by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.")
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To: dayglored

He had to destroy the house to save it.


15 posted on 03/20/2017 9:17:36 PM PDT by Flag_This (Liberals are locusts.)
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To: dayglored

Diazinon used to work quite well but you can’t buy that anymore. Too bad—the ants used to grab it, drop it and go nuts. Another would come by, grab it, and go crazy. It worked like a charm. Just like government always dictates, everything that works good must be taken away.


16 posted on 03/20/2017 9:19:04 PM PDT by W. (Out with scum in government just there to steal our treasure!)
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To: Flag_This

A Pyrrhic victory, to be sure.


17 posted on 03/20/2017 9:19:19 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: dayglored

18 posted on 03/20/2017 9:19:34 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: dayglored

When someone burns down their house it’s usually over a spider.


19 posted on 03/20/2017 9:21:10 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Make America Great Again!)
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To: W.

A spoonful of mixed corn syrup, water and borax will kill them all and their sugar sucking queen, too.


20 posted on 03/20/2017 9:21:43 PM PDT by piasa
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To: dayglored

21

living in parents basement

maybe a little wacky weed involved here?


21 posted on 03/20/2017 9:24:44 PM PDT by digger48
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To: fidelis

Lol. Good double play on words.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 9:24:53 PM PDT by laplata ( Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: dayglored

23 posted on 03/20/2017 9:26:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EinNYC

I worked with a guy who did basically the same thing back in the 2000-period with a house in Virginia. He was able to stop the fire in the first two minutes and prevent it from spreading. I think there are a lot of these episodes that come up and just never get reported.


24 posted on 03/20/2017 9:35:20 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: dayglored

Why did he want to burn his parents house down? And who taught the pets how to kill ants? Confusing title, perhaps I shall read the article.


25 posted on 03/20/2017 9:48:13 PM PDT by Professional
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To: piasa

Unfortunately, my dog likes that stuff too... boiling/scalding water works really well, as does steam... more work though.


26 posted on 03/20/2017 10:28:22 PM PDT by leakinInTheBlueSea
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To: Maudeen

Diatomaceous earth is just not as interesting after 10 bong hits...

Side note, a coworker collected a sample of this stuff on a site we were drilling south of the Bay Area for geotechnical investigation. It looks and feels like a super fine sand or coarse silt. The big surprise comes when you try to pound a proctor curve on it. The curve just keeps rising on the moisture side and doesn’t break over until it’s crazy high, like 50+% water. It’s because the diatoms are little spikey glass spheres that fill up internally too.


27 posted on 03/20/2017 10:31:18 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: dayglored

Decades ago I read of a woman exhausted by her battle with roaches in her aging New York brownstone appartment. She set off something like six anti-roach aerosol “roach bombs” meant to flood the zone with pesticide and she left the apartment. Sadly, she failed to turn off the pilot light and the apartment exploded and the entire block went up in flames with secondary gas explosions etc. As firemen were climbing over and through the rubble, they could see roaches running every which way....


28 posted on 03/20/2017 10:45:17 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: dayglored

I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning


29 posted on 03/20/2017 10:59:51 PM PDT by Mozilla (Truth Is Stranger than Fiction.)
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To: dayglored

Watch out you might get what you’re after
Boom babies strange but not a stranger
I’m an ordinary guy
Burning down the house


30 posted on 03/20/2017 11:03:09 PM PDT by Mozilla (Truth Is Stranger than Fiction.)
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To: dayglored
Good thing he never heard the phrase 'Nuke it from orbit' ;-)

Ed

31 posted on 03/20/2017 11:06:09 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: dayglored

32 posted on 03/20/2017 11:09:32 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (Progressive socialists are PISD: "Post-Inauguration Stress Disorder")
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To: dayglored

There’s that “how to kill a spider” gif.

http://imgur.com/gallery/54r6jLJ


33 posted on 03/20/2017 11:20:25 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: dayglored

the “barn-burners” are back, this time targeting ants.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnburners_and_Hunkers


34 posted on 03/21/2017 12:05:46 AM PDT by Reverend Wright (the snowflakes are having a meltdown !)
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To: MrEdd

Yes it must be this one LOL

Baby Elephant Walk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1z4JfxFb6c


35 posted on 03/21/2017 12:16:29 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Axenolith

I use Food Grade DE in my smoothies sometimes. :)


36 posted on 03/21/2017 12:22:48 AM PDT by Maudeen (No one on this earth is too far gone for Jesus.)
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To: dayglored

An active ant problem? In Maine, in March? Not to likely. Drugs.


37 posted on 03/21/2017 2:38:46 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!)
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To: piasa

When I lived in California, I had persistent ant problems. I tried everything and the little bastards kept coming back. Sprays, borax, etc. One day, after I had doused my baseboards with the most “extreme” ant killer they had at my local hardware store, which left them crawling through oily residue since they refused to die, I took out a spray bottle of 409 to clean it all up. It killed every one of them, cleaned up the oil, dead ants and borax residue, and they didn’t come back. 409 is now my first choice for bug killer, but I question whether or not it’s a good idea for kitchen surfaces, because it is obviously toxic!


38 posted on 03/21/2017 2:59:59 AM PDT by ponygirl ("Our violence is speech. Your speech is violence." ~The Left)
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To: dayglored

Hey, it was their house. Their son can burn it if he wants. The insurance company shouldn’t pay a dime of the intentional fire.


39 posted on 03/21/2017 3:16:33 AM PDT by healy61
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To: healy61

Stupidity isn’t arson.


40 posted on 03/21/2017 3:19:58 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ponygirl

Actually, lots of poisons take time to kill, but are somewhat persistent, remaining effective for some time. One of the best and quickest killers is an ordinary soap solution. It coats their exoskeleton and suffocates them, but it requires direct application. They can’t just walk through it like some poisons.

Soap will kill squash bugs, and they are pretty much immune to most pesticides.


41 posted on 03/21/2017 3:41:37 AM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: Mozilla

You can’t get what you’re after


42 posted on 03/21/2017 3:43:34 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democrat party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

cob webs are extremely flammable.


43 posted on 03/21/2017 4:30:57 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: dayglored

Maine's state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents' house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches.

Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house.

...the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time... the fire killed two cats and one dog. They say charges are not likely.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


If we had truth in headlines and news it would read like this:

sted on 3/21/2017, 12:00:36 AM by dayglored

Maine's state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents' house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches.

Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette, a registered democrat, collins, king, pingree and baldacci supporter, was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house.

...the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time... the fire killed two cats and one dog. They, the demcrat controlled AGs office, say charges are not likely, for as obama did not prosecute black criminsals, we here in Maine AGs office do not prosecute good party of the IMBECILE criminal members.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...

44 posted on 03/21/2017 5:26:40 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (politicians beware)
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To: Flag_This

The article says he started the fire in his parent’s basement. Wonder if that was also his bedroom? Loser! Only in Maine. Wonder how many teeth he’s missing?


45 posted on 03/21/2017 5:27:32 AM PDT by nhbob1
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To: ConservativeStatement

I actually respect the young man.

When faced with ants, he knew it was time to Stand and Deliver.


46 posted on 03/21/2017 5:45:28 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan
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To: Axenolith
"...Diatomaceous earth is just not as interesting after 10 bong hits......",p>As a fan of both, I can say that's not entirely true.
47 posted on 03/21/2017 5:47:38 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan
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To: Maudeen

DE is also advised as an anti-tapeworm treatment for dogs, at 5% of their total food.

It is an olde timey thing.


48 posted on 03/21/2017 5:49:25 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan
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To: dayglored

PIC or TERRO [about 5% borax] liquid works for me.

I get about 3 ant invasions every couple of years of small black ants. They load up on the PIC or TERRO and take it home. After about a week, no more ants for several months.

The liquid bait does seem preferrable to burning down the apartment complex.


49 posted on 03/21/2017 6:21:08 AM PDT by TomGuy
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A few years ago in in Mathews Virginia a man was eradicating weedy vines next to his house and set his house on fire. He was using a propane torch. The firefighters arrived got inside to overhaul the fire and discovered a very large marijuana growing area with lots of marijuana growing. The police were summoned and the man was arrested for cultivating a controlled substance.


50 posted on 03/21/2017 6:51:45 AM PDT by Clutch Martin (Hot sauce aside, every culture has its pancake, just as every culture has its noodle.)
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