Attempt To Use Makeshift Blowtorch To Kill Spider Ends Badly

SEATTLE (July 16, 2014) Things did not go well when a man tried to use a can of spray paint as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider, Seattle fire officials said.

The man used a lighter to ignite the spray from the can in an attempt to torch the spider and in the process set the wall and ceiling of a laundry room on fire causing $60,000 in damage.

The man initially tried to put the fire out with water, but the flames quickly spread into the attic.

Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said fire "is not the method to use to kill a spider," although he's "pretty sure" the spider died in the blaze.

Fire crews were sent just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to the rental home in West Seattle.

The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for the home's two residents, who weren’t identified.

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