Attempt to kill spider starts house fire in California

Fire officials investigating cause of Redding apartment fire

Fire officials investigating cause of Redding apartment fire

A California man's attempt to kill a large spider inside his apartment didn't go exactly as planned.

A man reportedly using a torch lighter to try to kill a huge spider may have ended up starting a fire that damaged his apartment and forced the residents to move out.

The caregiver, Lyndsey Wisegarver, described the pest as a "huge wolf spider". The tenants extinguished that fire, but by then it had spread to a flag collection and window curtains.

The burning eight-legged creature ran onto the mattress which quickly caught fire and spread to drapes in the bedroom, Redding Searchlight reported.

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

Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray said that firefighters are at the scene of an apartment fire near Waldon Street in Redding.

All the residents escaped from the building, and no one was injured, Pitt said. A torch lighter is similar to a cigarette lighter only it is bigger and shoots out a flame that looks similar to that of a blowtorch.

Firefighters threw wet clothing and other items out of the building Sunday as they mopped up after the fire.

The residents in the apartment, Wisegarver and the two men, are going to have to find another place to live as the place is uninhabitable, Pitt said.

"We'll make it work", Wisegarver told the newspaper.

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