DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- Instead of lighting candles to celebrate his 40th birthday, a Florida man allegedly got fired up and torched his former boss's truck and house after he was let go for always showing up to work "high."
Damion Haywood has been charged with first and second-degree arson for allegedly starting fires at the home of 79-year-old Willie Irven on Tuesday after he was given his pink slip.
Around noon that day, a witness saw Haywood hitting Irven's truck with a metal gas can and pouring gasoline into the truck. After Haywood lit the truck on fire, the witness asked Haywood why he did it.
"Because I can. And I will light your house on fire too," the suspect answered, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
"I looked out the window and the man's truck is on fire and it's getting bigger, sir," a 911 caller told dispatchers. "They put gas all over the car that's inside the hood now coming up out of the hood."
The suspect is also accused of lighting Irven's house on fire, an attempt that proved unsuccessful because the home has asbestos siding.
Haywood has been arrested 23 times since 1998. According to police, he confessed to setting both the truck and house on fire.