That’s the headline. OK, you may be thinking. Must be that the man was the only one in the girlfriend’s house when some malicious person snuck up and set it on fire without his knowledge.
Not quite. The girlfriend, her mother and and her son where there, too. But, you may think, they didn’t get burned. Turns out to be true– though to describe them as ‘OK’ (as the article does) seems wrong after what they’d been through. Still, you’re thinking some malicious person did this.
And you’re right that it was a malicious person. It was that ‘man’ from the headline! The one who’s obviously meant to be the recipient of our sympathy. (I plan to use this example when next teaching implicature.)
That’s bad enough. But just to put the icing on the cake: turns out she wasn’t his girlfriend. She’d just dumped him.