A wolf spider waits for prey outside its hiding place. Source Getty
10 January, 2018, 01:37
The fire wasn't enough to completely destroy the apartment, but the extent of the damage has forced the residents to move out.
She said that the man attempted to kill the spider with a torch lighter, a more powerful and pressurized version of a standard lighter.
"It was a huge wolf spider", said Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver to one of the residents of the apartment that caught fire.
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"And it was such an interesting comment that it grew legs and spread like wildfire", he said, adding that the fire department's investigation remains ongoing.
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Residents did attempt putting out the fire with a garden hose but were unsuccessful, AJC.com quotes fire officials. The blaze was extinguished in less than 20 minutes.
Firefighters estimate the damage to the apartment to be around $11,000.
Ms Wisegarver and the two men living in the apartment were told it was uninhabitable and that they would have to find another place to live.
When firefighters arrived they could see smoke coming out of the first and second story windows.
Wisegarver said she had been thinking about moving out anyway and the fire had just sped up the process.
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