California man attempting to kill spider sets apartment on fire

Posted January 10, 2018

An at-home extermination in California caused an apartment fire over the weekend.

No injuries were reported from the blaze.

Redding fire officials say the man was trying to kill a wolf spider with a blowtorch.

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KHSL reports that, rather than killing the bug with spray or a heavy object, the residents used a large torch lighter to set the spider on fire after they spotted it in their home on Sunday.

The fire wasn't enough to completely destroy the apartment, but the extent of the damage has forced the residents to move out.

After setting the arachnid ablaze, it scampered onto a nearby mattress causing it to catch on fire.

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The fire, which started shortly before noon in the 2500 block of Waldon Street in downtown, was extinguished within 20 minutes, Pitt said.

Redding firefighters responded to the building, where residents tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames with a garden hose.

"And it was such an interesting comment that it grew legs and spread like wildfire", he said, adding that the fire department's investigation remains ongoing. The residents will now have to find another place to live. The unit they were living in is uninhabitable, Pitt said. When firefighters arrived on scene they found light smoke coming from the second floor of the townhouse.

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Wisegarver said they had already been considering moving out but this incident had just sped things up a bit.