Man’s anger at being booted sparks blaze 

She let a friend sleep in her apartment for six months. Then when she told him to move, the ungrateful guest set her mattress on fire Tuesday, authorities said, causing an uproar in a Western Addition housing complex.

The arson fire around 1 p.m. set off alarms at 1152 Turk St., agitating neighbors and causing $40,000 in damages, fire officials said.

A 50-year-old suspect apparently became irate following an argument with his host, a 43-year-old woman, police said. The woman wanted him out, and he got fired up, police said.

The victim left the apartment, but “later received a phone call that her house was on fire,” police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The mattress blaze was quickly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. The fire and water caused $25,000 in damage to the property and $15,000 to contents in the dwelling, she said.

“Everybody’s alarms were going off, so we had a few calls,” Talmadge said.

Cops arrested the suspect more than an hour later at another location, Esparza said. But he was suffering an undisclosed medical problem and was transported to the hospital.

He will be booked once he is released from care, Esparza said.

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