American man burns his house to the ground trying to kill spiders with a blowtorch

American man burns his house to the ground trying to kill spiders with a blowtorch

A large proportion of us humans are absolutely terrified of spiders. Yes, the minuscule, eight-legged critters are, for some reason, wholly capable of inciting horror amongst even the strongest and most sensible of us. Now, whether you choose to chalk it up to human evolution or a lack of rational thinking, one thing is for certain: it's near impossible to talk someone out of their fear of tarantulas, daddy long legs or any variety of the little horrors.

Now, I don't know about you, but I am absolutely petrified of spiders. I mean, I have pestered many a flatmate and boyfriend into removing them for me, and have even persuaded the latter to drive to my apartment just to remove a particularly menacing looking spider that had decided to take up residence in my shower. Others, however, are decidedly less calm and collected than I, such as one American man who ended up burning his home to the ground after trying to kill a spider with a blow-torch.

It all sounds a little extreme, doesn't it?

Personally, I cannot get to sleep if I know that a spider is crawling around my bedroom as I peacefully slumber. But while I have gone to some lengths to get rid of spiders, I can't say that I've ever destroyed my home in the process.

This, however, is the unfortunate reality for a man from Tucson, Arizona. The unnamed man burned his house to the ground after he tried to "kill spiders with a blowtorch". The blaze allegedly took 23 firefighters to contain.

According to local reports, the man was suspected of using a propane torch to kill spiders and burn their spiderwebs underneath his mobile home. The resulting inferno forced him and an elderly woman out of their home.

Firetrucks were called to East Blacklidge Drive in Tucson after a 911 call was made at around 9:19 pm on Monday evening. Firefighters stated that when they arrived, they saw the female occupant being carried out of the burning home by her son and neighbours.

According to the Tucson Fire Department, the elderly woman suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene of the fire. No other injuries were recorded.

While the cause of the fire, which took 11 minutes to contain, is still under investigation, it's widely believed that it was a result of the occupant using a propane torch to kill the spiders that lived underneath his home.

Local media sources have alleged that the Red Cross is in the midst of assisting the two citizens who were displaced by the blaze. As of yet, the cost of the damage caused has not been determined.

Well, that certainly takes arachnophobia to new heights, doesn't it? Next time I think of a novel way of disposing of some eight-legged critter or the other, I'm going to think long and hard about the consequences of doing so.