DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A man trying to kill bed bugs set himself and his apartment on fire.

Four units at the St. Antoine Gardens apartment complex in Midtown were destroyed by flames last weekend and about two dozen others suffered water damage.

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A city official told The Detroit Free Press that the man sprayed himself and his sofa with rubbing alcohol about 4:30 a.m. Sunday and then lit a cigarette.

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Mayor’s office spokesman Dan Austin said the sofa and the man’s body caught fire when he also tried to burn one of the bed bugs.

The man escaped the blaze, but suffered severe burns. No other injuries were reported.

This is the second recent incident where a major fire was started in Detroit by someone trying to kill bed bugs. In November, a woman sparked a fire at the Ramblewood Apartments on the west side while trying to eradicate the bugs from her apartment. The fire completely destroyed the 48-unit complex.

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