Attempt To Kill Spider Starts Large Fire

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A California man's attempt to kill a large wolf spider with a torch lighter on Jan. 7 set his apartment complex on fire, forcing some residents to move out.

The man managed to set the spider ablaze before it scurried off, causing the fire to spread all over the upstairs bedroom, reports KPNX.

Residents unsuccessfully tried to put the fire out with a garden hose.

Once firefighters arrived, they were able to extinguish the blaze within 20 minutes. They were also able to keep it from spreading into the attic or to nearby apartments.

The fire is reported to have caused roughly $11,000 in damages.

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Nobody was injured and all the residents reportedly managed to escape from the building.

Unfortunately, those who lived in the apartment -- two men and caregiver Lyndsey Wisegarver -- will now have to find another place to call home.

Still, they're keeping their heads up.

"We'll make it work," Wisegarver said, adding they'd been considering moving for some time anyway.

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It's not the first time somebody burned down their residence while trying to kill a spider, reports KVOA.

In October 2017, an elderly woman suffered minor injuries after a man in Arizona used a blowtorch to get rid of spiderwebs in his mobile home.

Fortunately, 23 firefighters were able to put out the blaze within 11 minutes.

The American Red Cross stepped in to assist the two residents displaced by the fire.

News of the incident quickly captured worldwide attention, the Daily Mail reports.

Some condemned the man's rather questionable decision.

"God help us," wrote one. "Someone please tell me he hasn't reproduced."

"Sometimes...just sometimes...people deserve it," chimed in another person.

However, many said they could sympathize with the man.

"I can assume he killed the spider, the spiders eggs, and the rest of the family," wrote another. "Cant say I blame him when they sure are disgusting animals with all those leg and some are poisonous."

"Sadly I can see myself doing this too," wrote a second. "I HATE SPIDERS!!"

Others simply found the situation amusing and cracked jokes.

"What an imbecile," wrote one person. "The safest, most effective way to kill spiders is to use hand grenades."

"I don't see what the problem is here," commented a second. "He got the spiders, right?

"On the plus side, I'm sure the spiders are all dead," chimed in another. " Oops, wait, just saw the pictures, they may have escaped. Where's my grenade launcher?"

Sources: KPNX, KVOA, Daily Mail / Featured Image: John McColgan/U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Anthony Appleyard/Wikimedia Commons, Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons

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