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

July 13, 2012 (CHICO, Calif.)

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.

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