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Man Lit On Fire Over Spaghetti Dispute

| by Dominic Kelly

A Florida woman was arrested after lighting her roommate on fire during a dispute over spaghetti.

According to reports, 33-year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers was angry that 42-year-old Carlos Ortiz, Jr. threw out her spaghetti and meatballs, so in retaliation, she doused him in nail polish remover and lit him on fire with a cigarette.

“She was setting little objects on fire, then that turned into pouring nail polish remover all over him, and then all of a sudden, the lighter sparked and he lit on fire,” said Ortiz’s friend and witness Ines Causevic, who threw water on the man to put out the fire. “When he got up, his face was like melting off, it was pink and sore. His lips were burning.”

Ortiz was taken to Tampa General Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.

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Sellers, who reportedly has prior arrests for assault and battery, fled the scene before authorities arrived, but she was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery.

Sources: NY Daily News, Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Times