A Detroit apartment building burned for five hours in a 3-alarm fire and five people were injured due to a tenant’s attempt to treat bed bugs with a smoke bomb (which the tenant then attempted to put out with a pillow, causing the fire), according to Fox News Detroit.
According to the Fox News report,
A fire raged for hours injuring five including three firefighters. One suffered burns to the face, another burns to an ear, after the roof collapsed on them. All three firefighters are home from the hospital, expected to recover.
Investigators have confirmed that a tenant set off a smoke bomb in an attempt to kill bed bugs then tried to smother it with a pillow.
Two dozen families have been displaced in this incident.
Ironically, the fire appears to have been going at the very same time Gwen Pearson published an article in Wired reminding everyone of the stupidity of killing bed bugs with fire.
Sure, this tenant wasn’t trying to kill bed bugs with fire (as officials originally thought was the case), but fire is how the attempt ended.
Unfortunately, this bed bug treatment attempt was likely doomed to fail even if the product was used according to label instructions — experts tell us bug bombs are not effective for killing bed bugs. It’s understandable that consumers would think they are effective, since at least one bug bomb or fogger product (Hot Shot Bedbug and Flea Fogger) is labeled specifically for that purpose.
So I ask you again, “Why are bug bombs and foggers still being sold to treat bed bugs?”
This practice should be ended immediately.
Here’s an update to this story. The tenant tells her story, offers an apology, and describes watching her alcohol-sprayed floor go up in flames.