A Bridgend resident set his home on fire while trying to kill a spider by setting it ablaze. The man sprayed the spider with an aerosol can and then lit it up. The fire got out of control and 999 was called.
During a nearly identical incident in Seattle in July, an attempted arachnid arsonist tried killing a spider that was on the loose in his laundry room by dousing it with spray paint and igniting it with a lighter.
The fire in Wales was extinguished and no one was hurt.
Crews have just attended a fire in a house Kenfig Hill because the resident sprayed a spider with an aerosol and then set it alight 11:57— Jennie Griffiths (@GriffithsJECtrl) August 6, 2014
"We attended an incident in Kenfig Hill at 11.57am today to extinguish a small fire at the rear of a property due to the occupant attempting to remove a spider from a rear window by initially spraying the insect with an aerosol and then proceeding to light it," a spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue told Wales Online.
"There are more conventional ways of getting rid of insects," the spokeswoman added.
When attempting to remove spiders from properties, please dont use lit aerosols. #SWControl NR— SW Fire & Rescue (@SWFireandRescue) August 6, 2014