Man Starts Apartment Fire Trying To Kill A Spider

Report Man Attempting to Kill Spider Sets Apartment on Fire Causes $11,000 in Damages

Residents of a Californian apartment block have been forced out of their homes after a man set the building on fire while trying to kill a spider by setting it alight.

"It was a huge wolf spider", Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver to one of the residents of the apartment that caught fire, said.

The man tried to kill the arachnid using a propane torch after spotting it in his bathroom in Redding, California.

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. The tenants extinguished that fire, but by then it had spread to a flag collection and window curtains.

The residents attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose, but with no luck.

Firefighters were able to contain it and avoid damage in the attic or other apartments.

A torch lighter is similar to a regular cigarette lighter but is larger and the flame is under more pressure, Pitt said.

The fire caused moderate damage and no one was injured, Battalion Chief Rob Pitt confirmed, according to

Ms Wisegarver and the two men living in the apartment were told it was uninhabitable and that they would have to find another place to live.

Apparently, Wisegarver said they've been thinking about moving for a while.

Firefighters could be seen removing wet clothing, as they attempted to mop up after the fire.

"We'll make it work", she said, the Searchlight reported.

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