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Seattle Man Sets House on Fire Trying to Kill Spider with Homemade Blowtorch

Man Sets House on Fire Trying to Kill Spider

People will go to the extreme to kill a spider if it’s seen inside their house. A Seattle man set his house on fire using a homemade blowtorch in an attempt to get rid of a spider.

Fire officials in West Seattle said a man found a spider in his laundry room and tried to kill it using a lighter and spray paint. The homemade blowtorch then made the wall catch fire, and after an attempt to stop the fire, the man ended up running out of his home and calling 911.

Fire crews rushed to the scene just before 8:30 p.m. local time to extinguish the fire, which began in the laundry room and traveled along a wall to the roof, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

“I don’t want to encourage people to do this, but that’s what he did,” Moore said. “The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling.”

Fire crews then learned there may be ammunition inside the home and told neighbors to go back inside. They were forced to keep their distance while trying to extinguish the fire.

The threat of explosives in the house was later ruled out.

Neighbors hosed down their houses and yards to try to keep the flames from spreading.

Moore said the man ended up doing about $40,000 worth of damage to the home, which is rented. There is another $20,000 of damages to the contents of the home, he added.

“There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire,” Moore said. “Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider.”

Moore told NBC News Red Cross has found the family temporary housing. As for the spider, Moore doesn’t believe it made it. “I’m pretty sure it didn’t survive,” he said.

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