13-year-old trying to kill bed bug sets blaze that displaces 8, causes $300k damage

Updated: Nov. 29, 2017 at 6:20 AM EST
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MOUNT AIRY, OH (FOX19) - A 13-year-old boy trying to kill a bed bug is responsible for setting an apartment fire that displaced eight people and caused $300,000 in damage, Cincinnati fire officials said.

Flames broke out in the 4000 block of Hawaiian Terrace about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire spread to six units before crews contained it.

Three adults and five children are displaced.

A child trying to kill a bed bug with alcohol and a match sparked the blaze, fire officials said.

"This was accidental. He wasn't in there just playing with matches. It wasn't the smartest thing, obviously, but he was trying to get rid of a bed bug," said District 3 Chief Marc Monahan.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

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