A man in Redding, California attempted to kill a spider last Sunday; the act caused him more trouble as it led him to setting his apartment building on fire.
The fire cost $11,000 (almost P554,700) in damages, but was considered moderate, according to a report by the local paper Redding Record Searchlight.
Lyndsey Wisegarver, who serves as a caregiver for one of the men living in the apartment, told the paper that another man who lived there used a torch lighter to exterminate “a huge wolf spider.”
While ablaze, the insect hurried to a mattress, which also got caught on fire. The residents were able to get rid of the flames on the mattress, but fire still spread to the drapes, a flag collection and a bedroom closet.
Firefighters were able to clear out the flames within 20 minutes, battalion chief Rob Pitt said in the report.
No injuries were recorded since the residents were able to quickly move out of the building. After the fire, Pitt declared Wisegarver’s unit as “uninhabitable.”
“We’ll make it work,” Wisegarver said. She admitted that she had plans of moving out; the fire helped her “[speed] up the process.” Katrina Hallare/JB