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Man burns down his house after trying to set fire to spider

By Mason White 12:13 PM July 17, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man destroyed his own house when he tried to burn a spider alive, rescue workers in Washington said.

The West Seattle Fire Department said that they were called to the house that was set on fire by the man trying to kill the spider with a makeshift torch on Tuesday.

It happened in the Arbor Heights around 8:30 p.m.

The incident began when the man, who rented the house, was trying to kill the spider in a laundry room with a can of spray paint and a lighter.

The flames quickly spread through the room and in the attic. Neighbors watered their homes and yards, hoping to keep the flames from spreading to their properties.

The man who started the fire, lives at home with his mother. When the fire got out of control, he called for help. The fire caused about $40,000 in damage to the structure and about $20,000 in damage to the interior.