CBS/AP October 25, 2018, 1:14 PM Firefighters warn: "Please don't use a blowtorch to kill spiders"

Officials say a Fresno home was damaged after the homeowner's son tried to kill black widow spiders with a blowtorch

CBS LA

FRESNO, Calif. — Authorities say a man apparently set a California home on fire while using a blowtorch to kill spiders.

KFSN-TV reports 29 firefighters were called to a Fresno housing development Tuesday night to put out a two-alarm blaze.

Authorities say a man was house-sitting for his parents when he tried to kill black widow spiders with a blowtorch. He got out safely, but the home's attic and second story were damaged. The damage to the 4,000-square foot home was extensive, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Although the exact cause of the blaze is under investigation, firefighters believe the blowtorch was to blame.

Please don't use a blowtorch to kill spiders https://t.co/hcG3P0Pjin

— Fresno Firefighters (@Local753) October 24, 2018

A union for Fresno firefighters tweeted, "Please don't use a blowtorch to kill spiders."

There's no word on what happened to the spiders.

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