Woman Lights Ex-Boyfriend's House on Fire; He Returns the Favor by Setting Her Car Ablaze

In case you happened to see three people running around Lauderdale Lakes lighting things on fire Monday night, it was apparently a pair of ex-lovers and a third wheel attempting to work out their dispute using the arson method.

In the third case in a week involving people lighting -- or attempting to light -- other people or things on fire in a domestic dispute, the Broward Sheriff's Office says it got a call around 11 last night about someone's house being on fire and a car up in flames two blocks down the road.

Apparently, 21-year-old Brandon Hills was sleeping in his house on the 3500 block of NW 42nd Street until his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Jasmine Mathis, and her friend, 19-year-old Dominique Wright, doused the wall of his house with gasoline and lit the place on fire, police say.

Hills woke up and -- with a gas can of his own -- started to chase the women down the street.

Two blocks away was Mathis' 2001 Honda, which Hills decided he'd light on fire, according to the cops.

Police say the fire escapade was an extension of an argument the former couple had had earlier in the day.

No one was injured from all the fire-sharing, and the fire on Hills' house had gone out and remained just charred when the fire rescue units showed up.

Mathis' car, however, was still in flames with the firefighters got there, and the flames had to be extinguished.

All three of the alleged fire-setters were booked into the Broward County Jail on charges of first-degree arson, according to the BSO, and their bonds were set at $10,000 each.

As the sheriff's media-relations crew says, "Moral of the story: Don't fight fire with fire."

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