Black Widows Plus Blow Torch Equals House Fire in Fresno

California man trying to burn spiders ignites home

A California man set his house on fire when he tried to kill spiders with a blowtorch.

The man told firefighters he was using a blowtorch to kill the venomous spiders and eliminate their webs from some bricks on the home's exterior.

A man has accidentally burnt down his parent's home after using a blowtorch to kill spiders.

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Firefighters have not determined the exact cause of the fire, but it was assumed to be caused by the blowtorch.

The man was said to be house-sitting when he stumbled upon the spiders.

The incident reminded fire officials of popular memes circulated online showing homes fully engulfed in flames with anti-spider sentiments like: "There was a spider, I panicked".

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The Fresno man was housesitting for his parents when he found black widows, ABC 30 reported.

Robert Castillo of the Fresno Fire Department told the publication that the brick had a crack in it, which allowed material inside the home to catch on fire. While bites are rare, they can be extremely painful.

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