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(NEWSER) – Maybe the old slumber send-off of "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite" is due for an addendum … namely "and don't set yourself and your apartment building on fire."

Case in point: A Detroit man was recovering from burns Friday after dousing himself and his couch with alcohol in an attempt to kill bedbugs, and then trying to light one of the critters on fire—and lighting a cigarette, the Detroit Free Press reports. The couch caught fire, as did the amateur exterminator, and the Jan. 3 blaze ultimately destroyed about four units in the eight-floor St Antoine Gardens apartments. The man—an unnamed 30-year-old, per FOX 2—was able to get down to the lobby, per theFree Press, and asked a witness to pray with him.

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