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Man sets house on fire after using blowtorch on spider webs
By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News

Firefighters work to put out a blaze accidentally started by a man trying to kill spiders (Jason Halley/Chicoe Ö


If Eiliya Maida thought he hated spiders before, imagine how he must feel now. The California man accidentally set his house on fire while using a blowtorch to clear spider webs out of his backyard.
The Chico Enterprise Record reports that dry plants in Maida's backyard ignited as he was attempting to burn the webs. The plant fire then spread to the house, starting an attic fire. Maida was apparently unaware of starting the house fire until his brother-in-law George Basbous noticed the blaze.
"And that's when I went crazy," Basbous said.
Maida's wife and two children safely exited the house, and no one was injured in the fire. Still, firefighters were forced to cut a hole in the house's roof to put out the flames. Chico Fire Chief Keith Carter said the fire would have mushroomed if they hadn't created the hole.
Fire Inspector Marie Fickert told the paper that the family has been displaced as a result of the fire, which did approximately $25,000 in damages.
Ironically, this article from Science Blogs states that the best way to reduce the local spider population is to cut down bushes and plants outside the home. In other words, if Maida had focused his efforts on gardening rather than firepower, he might have gotten rid of the spiders without damaging his home.
Still, it could have been even worse. Fickert said a recently reopened fire station near the Maida home minimized the damage.
"We are so pleased that Chico Fire Station 5 has reopened because that gave us a faster response," she said.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 10:52 AM
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Re: Blowtorch for Spider Webs

When asked by the news media did he take anything positive from the experience he said "Well i haven't seen a spider in days"
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When asked by the news media did he take anything positive from the experience he said "Well i haven't seen a spider in days"

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how did a fire on the ground end up in the attic. something don't smell right

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either a very short house or very tall brus

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something don't smell right

Thats fried spiders your smelling.

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I was going to use dynamite to get rid of stinkbugs, but this story is making me have second thoughts.

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I heard this story the way to work this morning and just shook my head in disbelief haha

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How long has it been since he took an IQ test.?Way too long I bet..
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how did a fire on the ground end up in the attic. something don't smell right
The house could have been what is called a "balloon frame" house. They used a single, long 2X4 from the basement all the way to the rafters for the wall framing. So if the exterior wall of the house is 16 ft tall, the 2X4's they used were 16 ft. There isn't any fire break between the floors. Its open all the way from top to bottom. The fire hits that and runs right up the walls to the attic like a chimney. Ballon Frames were popular in the early to mid part of the 20th century.

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