A mother and daughter who were reportedly told during a Ouija board session that they would soon die are both critically ill in hospital following a fire at their home, which was engulfed in flames mere hours after the Ouija board made its grim predictions.
The Mirror reports that Margaret Carroll and Katrina Livingstone, 37, are now being treated in hospital after the fire which happened near Consett, County Durham on Saturday.
It is alleged that the mother and daughter used the Ouija board in an attempt to contact their dead dog on the night before the fire.
The beloved family pet was dismembered and killed by the mother’s husband and the daughter’s step-dad, Paul Carroll, who initially claimed the dog had died because it had become possessed following a previous Ouija board session.
Carroll, 51, will be sentenced later this month for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Following the Ouija board session where the mother and daughter attempted to contact their deceased dog, neighbour Donna Sowerby revealed that Katrina Livingstone had confessed that the Ouija board had predicted their deaths.
Mrs Sowerby added that when the fire started it was a living hell.
“The fire was right the way through the property. It was horrible.There was a mini explosion and one of the firefighters was blown back.”
A Durham police spokeswoman said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and both mother and daughter have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life
“Two women aged 60 and 37 were taken to the University Hospital North Durham where they remain in a critical condition and are under arrest on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.”
It is understood that the women’s condition is not linked to the fire.
This latest incident involving a Ouija board comes after the Inquisitr reported in December that trends suggest that that Ouija boards are fast becoming one of the “coolest” and “must-have” Christmas gifts of 2014.
The church fiercely criticised this trend, calling it “absolutely appalling,” and strongly warned people to “not let this darkness” into their lives.
Church of England vicar Peter Irwin-Clark was particularly vocal about what he perceived to be the inherent dangers of the Ouija board.
“It is absolutely appalling. I would very strongly advise parents not to buy Ouija boards for children. It’s like opening a shutter in one’s soul and letting in the supernatural. There are spiritual realities out there and they can be very negative.
“I would hugely recommend people not to have anything to do with the occult. People find they are having strange dreams, strange things happening to them, even poltergeist activity.”
Skeptics believe that when the planchette on a Ouija board moves to spell out messages, it is powered entirely by the subconscious of the users involved, and not spirits from beyond the grave.
What exact role the Ouija board played, if any, in the subsequent fire and critical condition of Margaret Carroll and Katrina Livingstone has yet to be established.