Man uses blowtorch to kill black widow spiders, sets home on fire, firefighters say

Before you even think it, no it wasn’t Florida. This time a man in California tried to scare black widow spiders in the only way he thought would work — with a blowtorch, according to firefighters.

KFSN reported that the man, who has not been identified, was house-sitting for his parents.

The man who was the novice spider killer made it out of the home and called the fire company.

Fire officials said no one was hurt in the two-alarm fire that burned the second story of the house and the attic, KFSN reported.

The cause hasn’t officially been released, but firefighters believe it was the blowtorch, KFSN reported.

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