Attempt to kill spider starts house fire in Northern California

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

An at-home extermination in California caused an apartment fire over the weekend.

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

A Redding, Calif., man set his apartment ablaze on Sunday after attempting to kill a giant spider with a torch lighter, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

Battalion Chief Rob Pitt reckons the cost of the damage is around $11,000 (£8,139), but, most importantly, no one was injured in the fire.

The burning eight-legged creature ran onto the mattress which quickly caught fire and spread to drapes in the bedroom, Redding Searchlight reported. The tenants extinguished that fire, but by then it had spread to a flag collection and window curtains.

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Wisegarver said the men had been talking for some time about moving out of the apartment prior to the fire. Firefighters in Redding were called to a home in here someone had used a large torch lighter to fight back against a spider.

The Redding Fire Department said that they do not yet have an official designation for what started the fire and will investigate the claim about the spider.

"We'll make it work", she said.

Wolf spiders are not poisonous, and although they are typically non-aggressive, they will bite if they feel provoked.

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