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Man sets house on fire while killing a spider


Posted on Saturday, 19 July, 2014 | Comment icon 70 comments

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Image Credit: James E. Foehl / US Navy
The creative arachnophobe managed to burn his house down while trying to kill a spider with fire.
Most of us might try to remove a big spider from the house using a piece of tissue paper or a glass, but one Seattle resident this week attempted something a little more drastic by fashioning a makeshift flamethrower out of a lighter and a can of spray paint.

Firefighters were soon called out to tackle the inevitable blaze but fortunately both the man and his mother had been able to escape the house without suffering any serious injuries.

"I don’t want to encourage people to do this, but that's what he did," said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. "The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling. There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire. Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider."

It isn't clear whether or not the offending arachnid actually managed to survived the ordeal.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (70)

Tags: Spider, House, Fire

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #61 Posted by 95-Nasty on 26 July, 2014, 15:17
Now talk about going to extreme measures to get rid of a spider!
Comment icon #62 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 26 July, 2014, 15:43
I'm guessing he had just been watching Aliens
Comment icon #63 Posted by Scheming B on 26 July, 2014, 20:06
Spider probably never even saw it coming.. Which is weird, considering all the eyes they have
Comment icon #64 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 27 July, 2014, 13:38
For the spider, who didn't deserve this:
Comment icon #65 Posted by Oppono Astos on 8 August, 2014, 19:53
Oh well, the trend has started, if only they'd been UM members.. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/man-sets-light-to-his-house-trying-to-kill-spider-with-aerosol-and-naked-fame-9652934.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2718295/Woman-accidentally-sets-house-fire-trying-kill-spider-lit-aerosol.html
Comment icon #66 Posted by Oppono Astos on 9 August, 2014, 20:17
And now its ants - I guess peeps really don't learn from others' experience http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-tries-burn-out-ants-4023800#.U-aBkGMVHYU
Comment icon #67 Posted by questionmark on 9 August, 2014, 20:27
And now its ants - I guess peeps really don't learn from others' experience http://www.mirror.co...00#.U-aBkGMVHYU dumb people can only learn from dumb people... that is why it is self perpetuating.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Thisisweird on 17 December, 2014, 18:27
"Sir how did this happen" firemen "There was a spider and it was to far to reach" the man "So you..." Firemen "KILLED IT WITH FIRE"
Comment icon #69 Posted by Rexx on 18 December, 2014, 3:18
Holy necro-thread, Batman...
Comment icon #70 Posted by Likely Guy on 18 December, 2014, 4:35
Holy necro-thread, Batman... ...and no one referenced "Leiningen versus the Ants"? You all disappoint me.


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