Status message

Operating in maintenance mode.

Man Burns Home To The Ground When He Tries To Kill Spiders With Blowtorch

An unnamed man from Tucson, Arizona, has accidentally burnt his mobile home down after he tried to kill spiders with a propane-fueled blowtorch. According to the Telegraph, the fire continued to spread, threatening other homes in the neighborhood, until an entire team from the Tucson Fire Department arrived to quell the blaze.

According to The Mirror, 23 firefighters were involved in putting out the raging conflagration. A spokesperson for the Tucson Fire Department has confirmed that, after firefighters arrived, the fire was brought under control in approximately 11 minutes.

By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the Tucson home – located on East Blacklidge Drive – was already empty. With the help of family and neighbors, the man who started the fire and an elderly woman had both managed to leave the flaming building in time.

The fire became out of control while the homeowner was using a blow torch underneath his house. In an interview with News.com, the unnamed man sheepishly admitted that he had been trying to clear away spider webs and root out an infestation of spiders under his home.

According to KVOA, the female occupant of the home was treated by paramedics after she told firefighters about several mild injuries. At this stage, neither the man nor woman have reported any other physical injuries from the fire.

Despite the homeowner’s statement to firefighters, the Tucson Fire Department has still launched its own investigation into the fire. At this stage, the department has not released an ‘official’ cause of the fire. The unnamed residents of the Tucson home have got in touch with the Red Cross, with KVOA reporting that the organization is helping them secure temporary accommodation.

Unsurprisingly, online commenters have reacted to the incident with a mixture of exasperation and humor. “What an imbecile. The safest, most effective way to kill spiders is to use hand grenades,” wrote ‘Evan_S’ from Cleveland.

Another user, NC Lady, also joked about using a hand grenade on the spider, writing: “On the plus side, I'm sure the spiders are all dead. Oops, wait, just saw the pictures, they may have escaped. Where's my grenade launcher?”

However, some commenters were less than impressed by the man’s decision to kill the spiders underneath his home. “The spiders weren't even inside? Wonder why it was so important to kill those underneath,” wrote ‘Hillbilly Girl’.

“I get that they're creepy but they're super beneficial for controlling other pests. Spiders don't really care about us unless we start poking around at them.” Another user, “Rabbit2016, quickly agreed, commenting: “Without spiders, we would be over-run with mosquitoes, flies, and all sorts of other bugs.”

Following the incident, the Tucson Fire Department has urged people to be more careful about using blowtorches, stoves or lighters around the home. Local and national media outlets around the country have repeated a similar message, advising anyone who doesn’t understand fire safety to contact their local fire department.

Source: Telegraph
Photo: YouTube

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

At a Friday Democratic National Committee gathering in Washington, President Barack Obama had a lot to say about Republicans and potential...

A Muslim teen in Dearborn, Michigan was checking in a hospital emergency room to have them check an injury. As the young woman talked to the...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making the case that he, unlike his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, could beat Hillary Clinton or...

A 12-year-old boy was imprisoned for murder, and the victim's family began to work on healing. Now, 9 years later, their wounds are being ripped...

Much has been made about the executive actions implemented by President Donald Trump on immigration, but the overall goal of the policy often gets...

Latest News Stories

In an effort that many feel is long overdue, Speaker of the House John Boehner has again called for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to hand...

Everyone has an old object in their house that seems to have been around forever. It might be something from your grandmother's attic, or some...

Two Republican presidential candidates are criticizing Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion proposal to make college more affordable, The New York Times...

Divorce seems so common now-a-days, it's almost more surprising to find a couple who managed to stay together than it is to hear about couple's...

In an effort to gain traction in an uber-competitive presidential race, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry promised to continue attacking Trump's...