Thursday, April 16, 2015

Man burned after trying to kill bedbugs in car with alcohol before lighting a cigarette

A man was burned inside his rental car after he tried to kill the bedbugs populating it with alcohol, then lit a cigarette, setting the vehicle ablaze on Tuesday afternoon outside a supermarket in Eastport, New York. Scott Kemery, 44, of Bridgehampton, was airlifted from the King Kullen shopping centre to Stony Brook University Hospital with first and second-degree burns.

"He said he had bedbugs in the car, and someone told him if he saturated them with alcohol, it would kill them," said arson Det. Sgt. Edward Fitzgerald. "So he went and bought some alcohol, he poured it all in there and he sat in his car and lit a cigarette." The intense heat from the fire heavily damaged two other cars.

Kemery was able to escape his burning car on his own. He remains in the emergency room. He told detectives that it was a rental car from Florida, but the vehicle was so burned that the licence plates are gone. Detectives want to get the VIN, or vehicle identification number, to confirm Kemery's full story.

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"Everything's burned up," Fitzgerald said, "so we're going to wait until the vehicle theft section gets us a confidential VIN number. Then we'll know for sure." Fitzgerald said the fire does not appear to be criminal in nature at this point, but for now, the cause will be marked "undetermined" until all the evidence from Kemery and detectives is in. So far, he said, "those facts seem to line up."


Dunex said...

Clear competitor for a Darwin Award

Dee said...

How did the bed bugs get there?

Anonymous said...

Bed bugs travel in clothing, in suitcases, etc. You can get them from close contact with a person whose clothing is infested. They've gotten really hard to kill lately, too. Even if you stay in a hotel and don't notice any bedbug activity, some might have crawled into your luggage and you then bring them home with you. Only one pregnant female is all it takes.

Of course, I think _this time_ they didn't escape.


Anonymous said...

It is difficult for me to understand how anyone leaves their teenage years without knowing what is especially flammable. How you come to be a 44 year old and not know alcohol is especially flammable is a mystery.