Man burns down house trying to kill spider


A Seattle, Washington man terrified of spiders went to extreme measures to get rid of one he spotted in his home last week.

Officials say the man used a can of spray paint and a lighter, creating a “blowtorch” like device to chase the spider out of his laundry room.  But the man’s plan didn’t go as smoothly as he hoped once the wall caught fire and quickly spread.

Firefighters say the man fled the home he was renting when he couldn’t put the fire out himself.

In all, the home suffered about $60,000 in damages.

The Red Cross is finding temporary housing for the man and a woman who lived with him

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