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Man Accidentally Sets His House On Fire Trying To Kill A Spider With A Homemade Blowtorch

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There are various ways to kill a spider. Using a shoe, perhaps. Or a saucepan.

But a homemade blowtorch..?

Yes, this week's Darwin Award goes to the man in Seattle who caused $60,000 worth of damage to his home after he tried to get rid of a spider in a most unorthodox manner.

According to Komo News, the man found the creature in his laundry room - and when it tried to escape into a wall, he used a can of spray paint and an igniter to set said wall on fire. (As you do. If you're a contender for a Darwin Award.)

"There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire," said Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department. "Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider."

Well, indeed. And the spider? "I'm pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire," added Moore. "The whole wall went."

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