Man uses blowtorch to 'exterminate' spiders, sets house on fire

July 13, 2012 9:55:55 AM PDT
A homeowner took some very drastic measures to get rid of spiders.

Pictures show what happened when a man in Chico, California, used a blowtorch to clear out spider webs in his yard.

The flames ignited some dry plants, and then spread, setting the house on fire.

The family got out safely.

About $25,000 in damage resulted from the "extermination" method.