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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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