Man making use of ‘blowtorch’ to kill spider began fire

By PHUONG LE
Linked Press

SEATTLE (AP) – A man who utilized a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry area started a blaze that caused $ 60,000 worth of harm, Seattle fire officials stated Wednesday.

The man and his mother got out of the residence, and no injuries have been reported in the fire that broke out in the West Seattle home Tuesday evening, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.

Moore stated the man employed the spray paint and lighter as “a self-created blowtorch to kill a spider in the laundry room” of a rental house.

“I do not want to encourage folks to do this, but that’s what he did,” Moore stated Wednesday. “The spider attempted to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling.”

Fire crews had been called to the home in the home just south of Seattle just ahead of eight:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters initially battled the blaze from the outside right after receiving reports that there may be ammunition in the home. Crews at some point went inside the residence soon after confirming from tenants that there was no ammunition inside.

The man initially tried to put water on the fire, but he wasn’t able to put it out and the blaze spread swiftly spread into the attic.

“There are safer, more successful approaches to kill a spider than utilizing fire,” Moore stated. “Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider.”

The Red Cross is delivering short-term shelter for the home’s two residents, whom authorities have not identified.

As for the spider, Moore said: “I’m pretty confident the spider did not survive this fire. The entire wall went.”

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