Effort to kill spider with torch causes apartment fire

Posted January 10, 2018

Residents trying to get rid of a spider in their Redding home Sunday ended up setting their apartment on fire.

Lyndsey Wisegarver, who is the care giver for one of the men who lives in the building, said it was a "huge wolf spider".

Seattle fire officials in 2014 said a man tried to kill a spider using a can of spray paint and a lighter when the wall caught fire and spread, causing significant damage to his home.

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"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.

Battalion Chief Rob Pitt told the Statesman Journal the residents tried to put the fire out with a garden house but were unsuccessful.

No one was injured, however, the fire did cause about $11,000 in damage. Firefighters were called and managed to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes.

The residents will have to stay somewhere else for the time being because the building has been deemed structurally unsound. The residents will now have to find another place to live. When firefighters arrived on scene they found light smoke coming from the second floor of the townhouse.

Wisegarver said she had been thinking about moving out anyway and the fire had just sped up the process.

"We'll make it work", she told the news website.