California man starts house fire while using blowtorch to kill spiders

Posted at 4:54 AM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 05:07:47-04

(KSEE/NBC) - A man was using a blowtorch to kill black widow spiders when he caught a home on fire.

Fire officials in California responded to the two-alarm fire Tuesday night.

Nearly 30 firefighters from Fresno Fire Department arrived at the home around 11 p.m.

The man said he was trying to douse the spiders with flames while house sitting for his parents.

Firefighters say he made it out safely and called the fire company.

They were able to put the flames out quickly, but the second-story of the home and the attic suffered damage.

Courtesy NBC News Channel