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Nebraska man accused of dousing home with hot sauce and then starting fire

Alec Smith was jailed on suspicion of committing first-degree arson.
By Evan Bleier   |   July 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM   |   Comments

LINCOLN, Neb., July 15 (UPI) -- A Nebraska man was arrested after he allegedly doused a friend's home with hot sauce and lighter fluid before lighting it on fire.

Alec Smith was jailed on suspicion of committing first-degree arson after an incident that allegedly occurred at a friend's apartment on Saturday night.

According to police, Smith was staying at the home and decided to dump hot sauce all over the place at some point during the night. After dumping the spicy sauce, the 21-year-old "burned the coffee table, cabinet, fridge and wall," before putting out the blaze.

When his hosts awoke, Smith was gone.

In addition to the hot sauce, there was also evidence that Smith used butane and cooking spray to help the fire spread.

"We believe he just needed a release," Officer Katie Flood told the Lincoln Journal Star.

The fire caused about $500 worth of damage.

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