Man set house on fire while trying to kill a spider with a lighter, lol... how big is your hatred for spiders?
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.