Residents try to kill 'huge wolf spider,' cause apartment fire

Residents try to kill 'huge wolf spider,' cause apartment fire
Posted at 4:38 AM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 00:15:49-05

REDDING, CA (KHSL/CNN) – An at-home extermination in California caused an apartment fire Sunday, damaging the building.

Firefighters say residents tried to kill a spider using a torch lighter.

A caregiver for one of the men living in the apartment described the spider as “a huge wolf spider.”

The flaming spider reportedly scurried onto some bedding, setting it ablaze. Then, the walls caught fire.

When firefighters arrived, they could see smoke coming out of the first and second story windows.

Officials say the residents tried to put the fire out with a garden hose, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

Firefighters put out the fire in about 15 minutes.

The building was damaged and residents will have to stay elsewhere for a while, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters advised on Facebook that if you have spiders, you should call an exterminator instead of trying to burn them.

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