Man tries to kill spiders with blowtorch, sets parents’ home on fire

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- A man using a blowtorch to kill spiders caused a fire that almost burned a house down, fire officials in California said.

The tenant of a two-story residential house "just made a bad decision to use fire instead of insecticides to kill the spiders", Lee Wilding, deputy fire marshal with the Fresno Fire Department, told ABC News.

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According to the Fresno Bee, the 23-year-old man told firefighters he was using the blowtorch on the spiders and their webs outside on some the home's bricks.

The young man also managed to escape the blaze which took place in the Woodward Lake housing development unscathed.

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Almost 30 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire and were able to put it out.

More than 25 firefighters were called out to put out the flames. He was the only person home at the time. The fire spread to the second floor above the garage, Escobedo said.

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Almost 30 fire fighters from the Fresno Fire Department arrived at the home to help put out the fire.