Man tries to use spray and lighter to kill spider, burns down house

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Do you hate spiders as much as this man does?

In his quest to snuff out an eight-legged creature, a Seattle man torched his home and caused US$60,000 (S$75,000) worth of damage, reported Komo News.

He used a homemade flamethrower, made from a lighter and a can of spray paint, to take out a spider in his laundry room on Tuesday night.

Overkill, much.

A lighter plus a can of spray paint equals a homemade flamethrower.

He ended up setting the wall on fire. The blaze quickly spread to the rest of the rental house, reported Huffington Post.

The man exited the house when he wasn't able to put on the fire.

The damage? A whopping US$40,000 in home repairs and another US$20,000 in items lost or damaged. 

All because he wanted to kill a spider.

Personally, we don't like spiders either. But why use a flamethrower when old newspapers or bug spray will get the job done.

Worse still, it is not known if he actually succeeded in killing the spider.

The Red Cross is now looking for temporary housing for the man and a woman who lived with him, reported Komo News.

Sources: Huffington Post, Komo News