You’ve been there, you’re doing your laundry in the basement or at the laundromat and things are a bit dustier than they should be. Then you spot it, a spider, crawling towards you or onto your clothes or away from you or doing anything at all really. You either run shrieking or like a champ you brush it out of the way or end its spidery existence. Right? Not this man from Seattle. No half measures for him.
Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames.
Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure.
A man who lived at the home told fire officials he was trying to kill a spider in his laundry room using a can of spray paint and a lighter when the wall caught fire, according to Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department. The man wasn’t able to put the fire out himself, and he left the home when it began to spread.
“I don’t want to encourage people to do this, but that’s what he did,” Moore said. “The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling.”
So, right, don’t ever use fire to kill a spider inside your home. You don’t have to prove your bravery in this way, especially if you have a lot of ammo inside.
Firefighters claim that the spider likely did not survive the fire…but I’m not so sure.