A North California resident almost razed a Redding apartment complex to the ground after his unsuccessful attempt to eradicate a wolf spider infestation in his home with a torch lighter. The firefighter managed to douse the flames before the fire could spread to the neighboring buildings. Officials estimates place damage at $11,000.
Wolf Spider Infestation. Hiring Torch Man.
Probably a homeowner’s worst nightmare is to wake up one morning and see that his home is besieged by thousands of eight-legged crawling menaces. One such individual is a Redding, North Carolina resident wo decided to take matters into his own hands and annihilate the tiny critters in his own, pyromaniac way.
Believing that he may be the victim of a full-fledged wolf spider invasion, the man went ahead and did what any preoccupied homeowner would do – grab torch lighter and root out the spiders.
According to Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver, the man used an improvised fire weapon in order to hack away what seemed to be a wolf spider infestation. After a few attempts, the man managed to set the critter ablaze.
However, to his misfortune, it would seem that Mother Nature has a twisted sense of humor when it comes to exerting revenge. Trying to escape the man with the flame-thrower, the spider jumped on the man’s mattress, which ignited like kindling.
The apartment went out in flames and, very soon, it engulfed the rest of the complex. After more than two hours of struggling to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings, the firefighters were able to douse down the flames.
According to the Redding Fire Station’s report, all the tenants were evacuated safely from the building, before anyone could get hurt.
Although the man was able to root away each and every wolf spider from his apartment, he now has to pay for all fire damage. The firefighters estimated that $11,000 would be more than adequate to cover for the man’s afternoon wolf spider hunting session.
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