If you’ve got a fear of spiders, chances are if you spot one, you want it gone and will go to great lengths to kill it. One man took his killing spree a little too far, however, setting his house on fire in the process.
While eradicating a spider with fire might have seemed like a good idea at the time, the end result proves it’s probably not the best approach.
According to a report from Fox News, a man in California set the spider on fire, but the little guy managed to do some major damage once engulfed in flames, running on a mattress that lit up and spread.
He explained a “huge wolf spider” was his target, with a resident of the home, Lyndsey Wisegarver, telling Redding’s Record Searchlight that the man used a torch lighter to do the deed.
Once the spider took off, the fire spread to the furniture and curtains. The occupants attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose and eventually had to evacuate the building. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in the bedroom before it engulfed the entire building.
Wisegarver and the two other men who lived in the apartment were able to escape unharmed, but the home is now “uninhabitable” with the fire causing $11,000 in damage.
Wisegarver found the silver lining of the accident, however, saying that they were thinking of moving from the apartment and this incident “just sped up the process,” adding, “We’ll make it work.”
People had plenty to say in the comments section of the story, with notes such as: “If it were me, I would take a battle axe to that spider, but I am old school,” “He couldn’t use a shoe? Duh! Just step on it,” and “Wow, that’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!”
Another commenter noted: “He sounds like a future candidate for the Darwin award, we’ll have to keep an eye on this guy.”
One person pointed out that the spider could have more easily been removed from the home, explaining: “Wolf Spiders, like Tarantulas, are real particular about where they use their venom, you can pick them up and put them outside pretty easily.” Another person added, “yup, no need to torture them.”
One commenter joked: “No word on whether the spider survived? Unacceptable. Somebody call PETA.”
Those commenting on the Fox News Facebook post about the story had plenty to say, with one person making this argument: “I think you people are missing the point here…He saw a spider, and the spider is dead…Mission accomplished!!!” That’s one way to look at it.
Some commenters weren’t entirely buying the story, however, with one person explaining maybe it’s a coverup: “My first thought is he lied. He set the fire messing around, this is the excuse he came up with so he doesn’t get sued for damages. Like the old ladies who smash into things with there cars, their excuse is always, ‘I thought I was pressing the brake pedal.'”