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.