Man sets fire to neighbour’s house trying to smoke out wasp nest – Telegraph.co.uk




The mum-of-two only discovered her house had been set alight when she got home
from holiday.

She said: “The first thing I noticed was the curtains – I remember drawing
them before we left and there was nothing in the window.

“Then I just saw what had happened and rushed in to see everything smoke
damaged and burnt – the smell was horrible.

“Ellie ran up to her room and was so upset – her toys and clothes were all
damaged.

“We had a really good holiday and then everything just turned really bad,
really quickly. If Ellie was in her bedroom, it could have all been so much
worse. I just don’t want to think about what could have happened.”

Ellie, who lost dozens of prized possessions and a beloved hamster in the
blaze, said: “All my stuff was ruined and it made me pretty sad when I first
saw it all.”

The neighbour – who would not give his name – dismissed the fire as a mistake.

He said: “It was just a big accident. There had been a wasp nest in the wall
cavity for some time and I decided to try to smoke them out.

“I got a rag and put some spirit on it, then put that on the end of a pole to
try to get rid of the wasps.

“A bit of wind came and the fire just got out of control very quickly. I was
surprised by how quickly it all happened.”

Edited for Telegraph.co.uk by Katie Grant

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