A witness living in the flat told local newspaper the Redding Record Searchlight that a resident used a torch lighter - a cigarette lighter with a powerful flame - to burn "a huge wolf spider" in an upstairs bedroom.
Incredibly, it's not the first time someone has set fire to their home while attempting to kill a spider.
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Everybody was able to get out safely but Redding Fire Battalion Chief Rob Pitt said the apartment is now uninhabitable.
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Although no one was injured in the blaze, residents have been forced out of their homes.
After tenants failed to put out the blaze using a garden hose, Redding firefighters responded and managed to extinguish the fire before it spread to other units.
The damage from the fire was estimated at about $11,000.
The Redding Fire Department said that they do not yet have an official designation for what started the fire and will investigate the claim about the spider.
"We'll make it work", she told the news website.