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Woman apologizes for fire started by efforts to kill bedbugs

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DETROIT (AP) -

A Detroit woman is apologizing for a massive fire that she and authorities say was started by her efforts to eradicate bedbugs from her apartment.

Tuesday's fire tore through Ramblewood Apartments, destroying the 48-unit complex on the city's west side. The Detroit Free Press reports Sherry Young was injured along with four others, including three firefighters.

Young tells the newspaper she was spraying herself with rubbing alcohol when it was ignited by a stove and oven.

Young says she suspected the apartment had bedbugs in January and earlier efforts by an exterminator and an apartment complex employee failed.

Speaking by phone from a hospital, she says she was in a "state of torment."

Detroit Fire Chief Charles Simms says the fire was accidental and there was "no malicious intent."

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