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Man clearing webs with blowtorch sets fire

July 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

CHICO, Calif., July 12 (UPI) -- A California man accidentally set his home on fire when he was using a blowtorch to clear his yard of cobwebs, his brother-in-law said.

Eiliya Maida was using a propane blowtorch to get rid of spiders in his back yard Saturday when he unknowingly set dry plants on fire, the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record reported.

The flames quickly spread to the attic of Maida's home.

Maida's brother-in-law, George Basbous, said he noticed smoke rings from the top of the house.

"And that's when I went crazy," Basbous said. Basbous called 911 and emergency responders were sent to the house.

Firefighters put out the flames, which did an estimated $25,000 worth of damage to the home.

No injuries were reported.

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