Singer MARIA OSMOND was left distraught last year (05), when her eight-year-old son burned down her Utah home, thanks to the distracting qualities of cartoons.

The PAPER ROSES singer's son set a broom on fire and then was distracted by his favourite animated adventure when he set out to extinguish the blaze.

Osmond recalls, "My little eight-year-old was playing with a lighter and started the broom burning (sic), ran in to get some water in the kitchen and, on his way out, he saw cartoons were on.

"He sits down to watch cartoons and the house goes up in flames."