The next time Ariauna Lillard decides to destroy some love letters from an ex-boyfriend, she will probably opt for a shredder, not a small butane torch.
The 19-year-old Nebraska woman set a fire in her Lincoln apartment Monday afternoon that caused $4,000 in damage, according to police.
Investigators say Ariauna tried to torch a small batch of love notes, but when the paper did not appear to catch on fire, she placed the notes on a bedroom carpet and proceeded to take a nap.
What Ariauna didn't realize was that the letters apparently were smoldering as she dozed off. Her sleep was subsequently disrupted by the sound of a smoke detector going off in the third-floor apartment. She awoke to the bedroom carpet in flames.
Ariauna was alone in the residence and she escaped without any injury. The flames were quickly doused by firefighters. The fire did not damage any other units in the rental complex.
Cited for negligent burning, Ariauna is scheduled for an October 16 court appearance.