BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport man is recovering from severe burns on his hands after he accidentally lit his mattress on fire while trying to get rid of bed bugs.

Joan Valentin says he was simply trying to kill the bugs that had been bothering him at night.

He says he researched his plan online but after lighting the mattress, the fire spread faster than he expected.

Valentin says he burned his hands trying to put out the fire.