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Seattle man sets house ablaze trying to kill spider with lighter and can of spray paint

The spider was running loose in the man's laundry room.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   July 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM
SEATTLE, July 16 (UPI) -- A Washington man torched his own house while he was trying to kill a spider that was running around in the laundry room of his Seattle home.

Firefighters arrived on the scene after the man started the destructive inferno with a lighter and a can of spray paint. The man initially attempted to battle the blaze himself, but fled from the home after the flames got out of control.

Emergency crews initially had to fight the fire from a distance because there was live ammunition in the home.

The fire was finally extinguished, but not before causing about $60,000 in damage, Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department told KOMO.

The Red Cross is finding temporary housing for the residents of the house.

It's unclear if the man will face charges like a Kansas woman who attempted something similar.

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