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Flaming spider causes $11000 worth of damage in apartment

10 January 2018, 01:36 | Cassandra Thompson

Fire officials investigating cause of Redding apartment fire

Man Burns Down Own House In Bid To Kill Giant Spider

The fire in Redding, California, started Sunday when the flaming spider scurried on top of a mattress, which quickly caught fire and sent flames to nearby drapes and a flag collection, a witness told the Redding Record Searchlight.

No injuries were reported from the blaze.

Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver to one of the men living in the apartment, said a huge wolf spider continued crawling after it was lit on fire, causing the fire to spread.

According to Wisegarvger, the man used a torch-style lighter to try and kill the spider after seeing it in his bedroom.

The building was damaged and the residents will have to stay elsewhere.

Firefighters at the scene after the fire.

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The damage from the fire was estimated at about $11,000.

Everybody was able to get out safely but Redding Fire Battalion Chief Rob Pitt said the apartment is now uninhabitable.

A torch lighter is similar to a regular cigarette lighter but is larger and the flame is under more pressure, Pitt said. The residents will now have to find another place to live.

Fire officials say they responded to 2534 Waldon Street in Redding around noon for a fire at a townhouse.

When firefighters arrived to the burning building, they could see smoke coming out of the first and second-story windows. "We'll make it work", she told the news outlet.

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