Man Trying To Kill Spider 'Sets Apartment On Fire'

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

A California man, who attempted to kill a spider with a blowtorch, accidentally ended up setting an apartment on fire, according to local media.

Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver for one of the men living in the building, told the outlet the flames began in an upstairs bedroom after the resident spotted a startlingly large spider.

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. Although they managed to extinguish the fire on the mattress, it had already spread to a flag collection and drapes in the bedroom, reported the news website.

The man's actions caused considerable damage to the apartment, but there was no information on whether the spider survived.

"It was a huge wolf spider", Wisegarver recalled. The blaze was extinguished in less than 20 minutes.

KHSL-TV via CNN
KHSL-TV via CNN

Fire officials said the resident attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose but were ultimately unsuccessful.

Firefighters estimate the damage to the apartment to be around $11,000.

Apparently, Wisegarver said they've been thinking about moving for a while.

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

Wolf spiders are not poisonous but they can bite if provoked. The species does bite and the venom can be risky to humans, but is usually not fatal.

Video courtesy Mail Online.

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