"He said he had bedbugs in the car, and someone told him if he saturated them with alcohol, it would kill," Suffolk Police Arson Detective Sgt. Edward Fitzgerald told Newsday.
But that doesn’t explain why Kemery felt it necessary to toss a lit cigarette into the mix.
Investigators will have to ask him later. He’s currently being airlifted to a local hospital with second degree burns. Hopefully no spiders nested inside the helicopter.