Woman Torches Bed Bug-Infested Mattress While Angry At Husband
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Lantana, FL - Firefighters scrambled to douse a fire inside a
suburban Lantana apartment on Monday afternoon.
Jamaiya Pigrid says his wife torched their bedbug-infested
mattress during a fit of rage.
"She was mad at me, because I wasn't quick enough to throw the
bed out," he says.
The woman was seriously burned in the
face after setting the mattress ablaze, and is currently
in fair condition at Delray Medical Center.
"Bedbugs can make people crazy!" says Greg Rice, spokesperson
Environmental Services. Rice adds that it's nearly impossible
for the average person to get rid of the tiny, blood-sucking
"Once they're established in our living environment, they are
very, very difficult to get rid of." Rice advises a professional
and costly fumigation is the only way to be sure you've got them
"It's a bad mistake," says Pigrid. "It shouldn't have
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Crews say they arrived around 2
o'clock Monday to find heavy smoke billowing out of the home. The
wife apparently doused the mattress with lighter fluid and then
ignited it using matches and phone books.
Then neighbors say it got even more bizarre.
"She was outside, butt-naked and everything," says
one witness. "And [the husband] was just crying."
Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to
The woman has not been charged with arson at this time, but the
couple will be evicted from their home.
As for the infestation, Rice says if there were bedbugs in the
apartment, it's doubtful they all died in the fire.
"I don't know if she killed the bedbugs, but she certainly
killed that mattress."