Unprofessionals in Law

February 27, 2015

The student who tried to put a fire out with a fridge

A fridge getting ready for fire-fighting action yesterday. Photo: Shutterstock

Most of us have made some questionable decisions after a night-out, but perhaps none as bizarre as this one.

A 23 year-old GDL student at Swansea, Andre Figueiredo, had been out drinking with a friend when they got into a fight over his friend’s plans to leave Swansea. Understandably distraught, Figueiredo returned home and decided to rage against the cruel whims of fate by starting a bonfire… on his own roof.

Feeding the flame with T-shirts and whatever else there was to hand, his protest-bonfire was noticed by nearby police who saw flames “six feet high” leaping from the flat roof. Andre, presumably regaining his senses at some point, realised burning a fire on his roof was a less than stellar plan.

Apparently unable to locate a fire extinguisher, he turned to attempting to extinguish the fire with “bottles of urine” and “a fridge”. Where he obtained enough bottles of urine to put out a six foot bonfire out is a good question with probably a horrendous answer. Less daunting but equally confusing is how you use a fridge to put out a fire, and how he got a fridge onto his roof to do that.

If you find yourself asking yourself ‘why? why?’ over and over — you are not alone. When the boys in blue arrived, Andre realised the jig was up and reverted to a tactic known to all nine year olds: going back to bed and pretending to be asleep. Sadly, that old chestnut didn’t cut much ice with the fuzz, possibly as he was still fully clothed at the time. We bet he was peeking too.

Nobody was hurt, although his future career prospects look a little hampered, and his pride will probably take some fixing. He has been released on bail and is looking at arson charges and liability for £850 worth of damages to the roof. JL

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