Life Imitating Memes: Man Sets House On Fire to Kill Spiders

Yes. You’ve seen that meme. It’s probably some iteration of the one shown above. You’re significant other has sent it to you to pound it into your skull that she does not like spiders. Then, her and her friends will share it with each other because it’s fun to hate the same stuff.

But one man in Fresno, California – not Florida – took this meme and turned it into real life. All it took was a blowtorch.

A house caught on fire after a man tried to kill spiders and get rid of webs, according to a fire department.

Fresno firefighters said the man was house sitting for his parents and used a blowtorch against black widows, KFSN-TV reported.

Fire department spokesman Capt. Robert Castillo said the man used the open flame outdoors, starting at a brick veneer section of the approximately 4,000-square-foot home. He eventually noticed smoke coming from the attic.

Fire trucks inundated a street by the home Tuesday night. About 27 firefighters responded.

It caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.

No one was injured.

To be completely honest, if it’s a Black Widow, Brown Recluse or, God forbid, a Camel Spider, then I think this guy may have done the correct thing.

Burn it down. Move. Start over.

Sorry for showing you a Camel Spider.

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