It is one of those rare cases where a person tries to do someone else harm, and that someone eventually ends up saving the person who intended malice. This is certainly what 48-year-old Masumi Nishino, a resident of Osaka, in western Japan, discovered as she was arrested by the prefectural police for attempting to burn down their house with her husband still inside, only to be caught in the fire herself, and her husband having to save her from the burning building.
According to the authorities, Nishino’s husband was working from home using a split-off “office” portion of their house doing graphic design. On the night of August 31, the couple reportedly got into a heated argument and was unable to reconcile, so her husband went to sleep in the office side of the home. What happened after is probably one of the reasons why some don’t want to marry, as with this moment of marital insanity, Nishino began using a lighter and shoved burning pieces of paper into the gaps between the wall towards the office side where her husband was sleeping. Nishino later admitted that she “wanted to smoke him out,” but stopped doing so a few minutes later, when she got tired and went to sleep on her side of the house. Her husband was then rudely awakened to the fact that the room was burning, and so he escaped.
The crux of the incident here is when Nishino’s husband realized that she was still inside the house. The police reported that the husband suffered from burns to his respiratory tract, due to Nishino’s pyrotechnics, but the husband still went back into the home and pulled Nishino from the building. Both were taken to hospital where Nishino was released on September 3 following smoke inhalation treatment. Her husband is still undergoing the same treatment but is expected to recover. The police then charged Nishino with arson and attempted murder after she was released from the hospital. Nishino said in a statement: “I was just trying to annoy him. I had no intention of killing him or even burning down the house. I had no idea this would happen.” The lesson here, we suggest, is that whenever you have an argument with your spouse, please do not play with fire. It burns stuff.