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Japanese game streamer sets fire to apartment during live broadcast

By Ben Hooper
Japanese game streamer sets fire to apartment during live broadcast
A Japanese game streamer accidentally sets fire to his lighter before the flames spread to the rest of his apartment. Mitt/YouTube video screenshot

SHIKOKU, Japan, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A Japanese man live-streaming his video game session online purportedly set fire to his apartment by accident as his webcam continued to broadcast.

The video, posted to YouTube, shows the man smoking a cigarette and playing with a lighter and attempting to ignite the removable fuse by striking it like a match.

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The man eventually succeeds in lighting the fuse, but the flame causes excess fuel on the surface of the lighter to catch fire.

The streamer discards the fuse by throwing it into a bag, but the bag turns out to be filled with paper and erupts in flames while the man is focused on the lighter.

A computerized voice reads comments from his streaming followers, who alert him to the burning paper.

The man attempts to put the fire out with some cardboard, but he ends up only fanning and fueling the flames.

A small amount of water from a bottle and a pillow also fail to curb the spread of the fire.

The resident eventually gives up and flees the room while his computer continues to live stream the fire.

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