Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Residents cause apartment fire after using lighter to try to kill spider

Residents cause apartment fire after using lighter to try to kill 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.

No injuries were reported from the blaze.

Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver for one of the men living in the apartment, said one a man tried to kill the spider in an upstairs bedroom.

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.

Fire officials say they found a fire extinguisher and hose at the scene, showing the residents attempted to extinguish the fire.

Wisegarver said they were thinking about moving for some time now and the spider incident sped up that process.

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The body of a wolf spider can grow to more than 1.3 inches large.

It took about 20 minutes total to extinguish the flames, Pitt said. The residents managed to put the mattress fire out, but not before it had spread to a flag collection and drapes.

The damage from the fire was estimated at about $11,000.

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

Wolf spiders are not poisonous, and although they are typically non-aggressive, they will bite if they feel provoked. The species does bite and the venom can be risky to humans, but is usually not fatal.

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