Fire caused by attempt to kill bed bugs hurts 3

Fire caused by attempt to kill bed bugs hurts 3


Authorities say that three people have been injured and 10 people left homeless after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol at a multi-family home in Cincinnati.

WXIX-TV reports it’s the second time in two weeks that a fire sparked by attempts to kill bed bugs has caused extensive damage in Cincinnati.

Officials say the fire late Friday heavily damaged a five-unit building and sent three people to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Their injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

The Red Cross is finding lodging for three teenagers and seven adults. Damage is estimated at $250,000.

Eight people were left homeless Nov. 28 when a 13-year-old boy set fire to an apartment building after dousing a bed bug with alcohol.

Man cleaning basement reports finding body


Authorities say a man cleaning out the basement of an eastern Pennsylvania home reported finding a decomposing body.

State police said the body was reported Thursday afternoon in the Williams Township residence, and authorities are trying to identify the remains and find out how the person died.

Lt. Joseph Sokolofski said the remains appeared to be several years old. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said the body was found in a bin or tote, and his office is investigating.

Morganelli said in an email that the death was considered suspicious because “Generally, people don’t place themselves in a bin, wrap up the bin and put the lid on top and die.”

Coroner Zachary Lysek said he didn’t anticipate releasing more information until next week.

Fundraising effort underway after child’s wheelchair stolen


A fundraising campaign is underway to buy a custom wheelchair for a 6-year-old girl with spina bifida after hers was stolen from in front of her family’s Cincinnati home.

WXIX-TV reports kindergartner Austyn Bloebaum’s wheelchair was stolen Thursday after her mother, Casey Hamilton, went back into their house to make a call because a bus with no wheelchair lift had arrived to take Austyn to school.

Hamilton says she and Austyn waited inside the house to stay warm until another bus arrived. They discovered about a half-hour later that the chair with hot pink wheels had been stolen.

Hamilton says the wheelchair serves as Austyn’s legs and allows her to go school and other places.

A GoFundMe account has been established to raise $9,000 to pay for a new chair.

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