Blowtorch used to kill spiders may have started house fire in US

Hannah Rogers
October 27, 2018

His spidey senses weren't working.

He was housesitting in Fresno, California, when he noticed the black widow spiders and grabbed the closest weapon.

According to ABC News, the man who started the fire claimed that he was using a blowtorch to kill black widow spiders when the fire began.

The man's parents were not home at the time. The fire then worked its way up into the attic and second floor of the home, causing about US$10,000 (NZ$15,351) in damage.

Although the exact cause has not been determined, fire crews believe the blow torch is to blame.

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Some social media users joked about the man's method of killing the spiders.

The occupants weren't home at the time of the fire and nobody was injured in the blaze, which was attended by more than two dozen fire officers.

Although people make jokes about setting houses aflame when they find a spider, it is not advised.

Authorities say a man apparently set a California home on fire while using a blowtorch to kill spiders.

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