Spider Sparks Apartment Fire After Attempt to Kill It With Flames

Apartment catches fire after resident tries to kill spider

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

People living in the apartment told fire officials they were attempting to burn a spider with a propane torch and unintentionally ignited the corner of a box spring and items in the closet on fire.

Wisegarver looked at the fire as a positive incident and said she and the two men were already thinking about moving out of the apartment, according to the Record Searchlight.

After setting the arachnid ablaze, it scampered onto a nearby mattress causing it to catch on fire. Firefighters in Redding were called to a home in here someone had used a large torch lighter to fight back against a spider.

A do-it-yourself extermination gone off the rails Sunday ended up ousting residents from a California apartment.


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

The fire caused about $11,000 in damage.

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

I hate spiders as much as the next person, but if I happen to run into spiders I'm going to take my chances and step on them instead of trying to kill it with fire. Why? The bites of a North American wolf spider can be painful but harmless.

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