Oddly Enough

Taiwan man pays dearly for fiery romantic gesture

An Armenian worshipper lights a candle during Sunday mass in Istanbul January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Taiwanese man’s show of love for his girlfriend has backfired after an arrangement of candles in the shape of the words “I love you” started a blaze at a hotel.

The couple found their room aflame when they walked in 40 minutes after the man surnamed Lin had set the candles alight, local media reported on Thursday.

“Lin was arrested by the police later and brought to trial,” the China Post newspaper said. He was charged with endangering public safety.

Lin, a frozen-food deliveryman, agreed to pay the suburban Taipei hotel T$120,000 ($17,800 pounds) for damage caused by the blaze on May 31, media reported.

A county prosecutor later suspended the indictment in exchange for an apology letter and a donation of T$30,000 to a family-and-children fund, media and a county spokesman said.

Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Keiron Henderson