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Officials: OOB fire started by man trying to exterminate ants

Officials say a man, trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches, started a fire that burned and destroyed a home in Old Orchard Beach. (JJ Photos)

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (WGME) -- Officials say a man, trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches, started a fire that burned and destroyed a home in Old Orchard Beach.

This happened on Harmon Street in on Saturday.

Investigators say the 21-year-old man tried to kill the bugs, and one of the matches ignited nearby combustibles, which then spread to the rest of the home.

The man suffered burns to his hands and arms, and smoke inhalation.

The family's two cats and a dog died in the fire.

No charges are expected.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

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