A man trying to kill poisonous spiders with a blowtorch was likely causing a California house fire at the time Tuesday Night
The man, 23 years old, used a blowtorch on his parent's fresco house exterior to kill black widows, reports the Los Angeles Times . The man's parents were not at home when the incident occurred, the newspaper said.
Capt. Robert Castillo of the Fresno Fire Department told the publication that the brick had a crack in it that caused material in the house to catch fire.
More than two dozen firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire that damaged the house's second story and loft, reports KFSN. The fire did not cause any injuries,
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Black widows are common in inhabited areas in California, according to the University of California. While bites are rare, they can be very painful.
Nevertheless, Castillo advised against the method of the blowtorch.
"This is definitely not the preferred method to destroy spiders in and around your house," he told ] Times .
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