Resident trying to kill spider causes apartment fire in Redding

Fire officials investigating cause of Redding apartment fire

A Californian man tried to kill a spider using a torch lighter on Sunday, Jan. 7, but his attempts did not go as planned.

Lyndsey Wisegarver, who is the care giver for one of the men who lives in the building, said it was a "huge wolf spider".

A resident of the building said that burning the spider may have been the cause of fire in the apartment.

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They caught the bedding on fire, which spread to the walls of the apartment.

Battalion Chief Rob Pitt told the Statesman Journal the residents tried to put the fire out with a garden house but were unsuccessful.

The damage from the fire was estimated at about $11,000.

Fire officials say they found a fire extinguisher and hose at the scene, showing the residents attempted to extinguish the fire.

Wisegarver said the flames soon spread to the apartment's drapes and a flag collection. The blaze was extinguished in less than 20 minutes.

This guy from California falls firmly into the latter group, because when he spotted a large spider in his bedroom, he decided the best course of action was to pull out his trusty torch lighter and burn the little bugger.

When firefighters arrived they could see smoke coming out of the first and second story windows.

The unit they live in is uninhabitable, said a senior fire official.

"We'll make it work", she told the news website.

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