Thursday Open Thread
July 12, 2012 6:48 AM - Open Thread - CGar

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World's Dumbest :-)
July 10, 2012 10:52 PM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere
Man sets house on fire after using blowtorch on spider webs
By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow

Firefighters work to put out a blaze accidentally started by a man trying to kill spiders (Jason Halley/Chicoe

If Eiliya Maida thought he hated spiders before, imagine how he must feel now. The California man accidentally set his house on fire while using a blowtorch to clear spider webs out of his backyard.

The Chico Enterprise Record reports that dry plants in Maida's backyard ignited as he was attempting to burn the webs. The plant fire then spread to the house, starting an attic fire. Maida was apparently unaware of starting the house fire until his brother-in-law George Basbous noticed the blaze.

"And that's when I went crazy," Basbous said.

Maida's wife and two children safely exited the house, and no one was injured in the fire. Still, firefighters were forced to cut a hole in the house's roof to put out the flames. Chico Fire Chief Keith Carter said the fire would have mushroomed if they hadn't created the hole.

Fire Inspector Marie Fickert told the paper that the family has been displaced as a result of the fire, which did approximately $25,000 in damages.

Ironically, this article from Science Blogs states that the best way to reduce the local spider population is to cut down bushes and plants outside the home. In other words, if Maida had focused his efforts on gardening rather than firepower, he might have gotten rid of the spiders without damaging his home.

Still, it could have been even worse. Fickert said a recently reopened fire station near the Maida home minimized the damage.

"We are so pleased that Chico Fire Station 5 has reopened because that gave us a faster response," she said.

Tuesday Open Thread
July 10, 2012 6:16 AM - Open Thread - CGar

Monday Open Thread
July 9, 2012 12:15 AM - Open Thread - CGar

Weekend OT
July 7, 2012 7:42 AM - Open Thread - dibs
It's gonna be hot today!!!!!!

Friday Open Thread
July 6, 2012 7:00 AM - Open Thread - CGar

Thursday Open Thread
July 5, 2012 8:01 AM - Open Thread - CGar

Happy 4th of July OT
July 4, 2012 7:04 AM - Open Thread - dibs
Headed to PA soon

Independence Eve
July 3, 2012 6:45 AM - Open Thread - Arkady

Monday OT
July 2, 2012 7:03 AM - Open Thread - dibs
Why don't one of you make one of these pies this week????

Weekend Open Thread
June 30, 2012 7:10 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere