It’s all fun and games until the house catches on fire.
That’s what some might say following an apparent flaming feud that on April 15 sparked a law enforcement response and caused about $10,000 in damage.
Another man told police he was renting a bedroom there. He said his landlady fought with her husband before lighting his closet on fire and taking off on a bicycle.Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2300 block of Southeast Rock Springs Drive where firefighters were extinguishing a blaze, according to records. A 47-year-old man identified as the victim said he thought his wife, Maibritt Canterbury, 39, set the house on fire.
Police spoke to Canterbury at St. Lucie Medical Center. She said she tried to light some of the victim’s clothes on fire that were on the floor of his closet.
“She did this because of the ongoing back and forth of lighting each other’s property on fire over the last few days,” an affidavit states.
Records didn’t state whether Canterbury is a fan of “Burning Down the House,” a Talking Heads single from 1983, or of Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” album from the same year.
Canterbury said she used a lighter and noticed “a small flame but did not think the fire lit.” She left the room, not intending for the house to catch on fire.
It could be said that the victim fanned the flames by saying that over the past few days they’d been torching each other’s stuff in the backyard.
Asked whether he thought Canterbury meant to catch the house on fire, the victim said, “No, she was probably just trying to burn my stuff.”
A fire investigator determined the blaze started in the victim’s closet, and that there was about $10,000 in damages.
Police held Canterbury’s feet to the fire as they arrested her on an arson charge.