I found the article in the "Telegraph" a UK based online publication, you are not going to believe what someone will do to try and kill a spider!A man had to be rescued after setting the front of his house on fire while trying to kill a spider with a lighter.
Published: 11:09AM BST 27 Apr 2009
Firefighters say the man, in his 40s, had been trying to set fire to the spider as it crawled up the front of the semi-detached property
But sparks reached material behind the cladding and caused a fire within the walls, shortly before midnight.
Three fire engines raced to the scene in Portsmouth, Hants, and found the man trying to put out the flames with a garden hose.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus removed the cladding and spent two hours putting the fire out.
Watch manager Steve Pearce said: "The man was trying to put the fire out with a garden hose when we arrived.
"The whole thing had clearly scared the life out of him.
"There was a gap in the cladding where he was trying to kill the spider and so the sparks got through to the material behind and started spreading upwards towards the roof.
"Our concern was that it would reach the roof and the property would be lost.
"We sent firefighters up into the loft to put it out and fortunately we were able to stop it in time.
"Surprisingly there wasn't much damage to the house other than to the cladding.
"We obviously had a chat with the man but I don't think he'll be doing this again."