Unreal Estate: Landlord Sets Tenant's Shorts on Fire

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Each week, AOL Real Estate probes the corners of the Web to bring you offbeat dispatches from the world of real estate. This week, events took a morbid turn, what with a landlord setting a tenant on fire for being late on rent, an investigation into the frequency of injury by falling air conditioners, and the discovery of a recluse's skeletal remains.

Hot Pants, Part 1: A fed-up landlord in Boynton Beach, Fla., reportedly lost his cool and set a tenant on fire for being late on rent. Police say that following an argument with his tenant, the landlord left and returned to the tenant's room with rubbing alcohol. In an ensuing scuffle, the tenant reportedly cut the landlord's back with a screwdriver but then was one-upped big time -- getting his boxer shorts doused with the rubbing alcohol and set afire. Perhaps the landlord thought his tenant, who was able to remove his underwear swiftly, was such liar that he deserved to have his pants on fire.

Hot Pants, Part 2: Combustion is being used in a more benign way in the case of a fire-breathing dragon sculpture that complements the "Redwall" house (after the abbey in the fantasy book series of the same name). Curbed reports that the house in Boyds, Md., on the market for $1.2 million, was a contender for the "I Love My Home" contest organized on Facebook by Zillow. It's unclear whether the mythical beast comes with the place.