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"Supernanny" Kid Sets Fire to Home

10/2/2007 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

News flash! Reality TV shows won't solve every crisis! One family found out the hard way, when their wacky kid set fire to the family home -- after appearing on the TV show "Supernanny." Burn!

Supernanny Jo Frost -- who appears on both British and American versions of the show -- visited Paul and Susan Young and their five children in 2005 in their UK home. Frost attempted to help the Youngs tame their rambunctious boys, all under age 11, but mom said that appearing on the show made the kids behave worse and play up to cameras.

The fire appears to have been started by 3-year-old Joel while he was home with mother Susan, and his siblings were in school. Damage to the home was so severe that the family was forced to move into a hotel. Is "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" casting?!

The fire started in the kitchen, said Essex police officer Terry Hutton. As Young attempted to put the fire out, "the little boy went through the dining room and set fire to the curtains," reports the Daily Mail.

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Dawn Day    

Oh bloody hell!!!!

2390 days ago
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Ceyllynn    

creepy...

2390 days ago
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CrystalHasAnOpinion    

AND HOW DID HE HAVE THE MEANS TO SET THIS FIRE?!!?!

2390 days ago
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rene'    

I love Jo! She does what she can and I have learned a few things from her!!

2390 days ago
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jeepwrangler_gal    

It's not the Nannys fault that the parents have rotton kids and haven't taught them right from wrong...send them brats to boot camp!!!

2390 days ago
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...    

Yes, I'd be very interested to know what Mum was doing when a 3-year-old was able to find what he needed to start the fire in the first place. WTF??? What is it with these Brits who think it's OK to leave young children unattended? Don't be blamin' Supernanny!

2390 days ago
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MLL    

Typical of such a family to blame the SHOW. If one of my kids set fire to my house, the blame would reside with the face in my mirror. Supernanny gives awesome advice that all families can benefit from. From the sound of it, this little arsonist probably didn't get punished. Hope the parents are proud of themselves. Oh, and this is a family who's contributed FIVE kids to this world. Figures!

2390 days ago
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Cartman    

BURN!!! BURN!!! BURN!!!

That was cool, hehe hehe hehe

2390 days ago
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SH    

Sounds like these kids need something a little more severe then Super Nanny, how about boot camp, or a good old fashioned ass kickin ;)

2390 days ago
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Kate    

Here's a suggestion for the mother. How about parenting your own children instead of relying on a reality show? Did you honestly think a reality television show would solve your problems? At three years old how does he have access to any fire source? Take the kids away from this woman before they end up another statistic.

2390 days ago
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lpccpr    

where was mom when the darling 3 year old was setting the kitchen on fire????????

2390 days ago
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tired of cry baby    

there's a deep rooted problem in that kid. how did they learn that curtains burn? someone in that family has set fires before. tisk tisk

2390 days ago
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Kristen    

Give me a break. The mother blames Supernanny for her child acting out? What about taking responsibility for your child? If the 3 year old had access to something that could start a fire I'd start by blaming the parents!!!!!!

2390 days ago
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summer    

Sounds to me like the mother was not watching the child. I understand she tried to put the fire out, but would you not check the child to make sure he was not burned and hopefully take away the matches or lighter.

2390 days ago
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Baby Countdown    

A 3 year old arsonist? What the hell kind of inept parents are these??? They are so worthless that they need a tv nanny to help them raise their out of control kids? Kids aren't born that way - they are MOLDED into monsters by weak, ineffectual parents. I swear, there ought to be an application process in place to prevent morons from breeding!

2390 days ago
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