SEATTLE, WA: What started out as a no-cost effort at pest control ended up costing tens of thousands of dollars for one Seattle man Tuesday night.
Firefighters say the man was trying to kill a spider on the wall in his laundry room, using a lighter and a can of spray paint, with results most people with common sense could easily predict.
The man tried to put the fire out with water, but wasn't able to. He ran out of the home as flames spread to the attic.
Firefighters first had to battle the blaze from a distance after
learning there may be ammunition inside.
Crews were eventually able to put out the fire, but not before it did significant damage. The rental home itself will cost roughly $40,000 to repair - and another $20,000 to repair or replace the items inside.
The Red Cross is finding temporary housing for the man and a woman who lived with him.
"There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire,"
Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department said, in one of the
understatements of the year. "Fire is not the method to use to kill a
As for the spider, Moore said: "I'm pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire. The whole wall went."Story via our SBG sister station in Seattle, KOMO-TV News.