18 May 2005

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (14)

As I'll be on on vacation with the family tomorrow and Friday, this week's joy in the misfortune of others arrives early, courtesy of the Associated Press (from Monday, May 16; link good at time of posting):
A man who decided to use fire instead of sledgehammers on a demolition project blamed his own bad judgment for starting a blaze that destroyed three unoccupied buildings in town.

"I would've been all right if the wind hadn't changed," said Stinson Bailey, 63, after he was charged with reckless burning and disorderly conduct in connection with Saturday's fire.

Bailey had city permission to demolish a building, but things when [sic] awry.

"It was bad judgment on my part, I'm not arguing that," Bailey said. "But people don't realize that I spent two days tearing that (main) building down and getting demolition permits from the city and other things."

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After the fire had turned into a major blaze, officers arrested Bailey, who was released after posting $1,000 bail.

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