Black widow spider

Tony Escobedo with the Fresno City Fire Department said the resident was killing black widow spiders with a blowtorch outside of the house.

A man who tried to use a blowtorch to kill risky spiders accidentally set the house on fire.

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


Crews said that the second floor of the home, where the man was house-sitting, was damaged, as well as the attic.

Spiders are not exactly the kind of creepy pets you would invite to your home and would want to get rid of them ASAP, unless of course you love them.

This is not the first incident of its kind - earlier in January, a man in Redding, Calif., set his apartment ablaze while trying to kill a wolf spider with a blowtorch.


The house fire happened Tuesday night at a home in the Woodward Lake housing development.

Black widow spiders are commonly found in populated areas in California, according to the University of California.


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