Woman Tries to Kill Spider, Ends Up With Arson Charge
You know what isn't a great idea? Setting a fire to kill a creepy-crawly
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2014 9:59 AM CDT
A giant Halloween inflatable spider on a cobweb is part of the decorations hanging on the South Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Listen up, arachnophobes: You do not fight spiders with fire. Or so goes the cautionary tale of 34-year-old Kansas woman Ginny Griffith, who has been charged with aggravated arson after she apparently tried to kill a spider—by using a cigarette lighter to set fire to some towels, reports the Hutchinson News. The fire department responded to the small fire at her duplex early Friday, and put it out within minutes. No one was injured and the building suffered only light smoke damage, notes the Hays Post, but officials were apparently unamused. Griffith was taken into custody and was being held in lieu of $7,500 bond.

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Jun 30, 2014 3:47 PM CDT
should have called in the SWAT TEAM!
Jun 30, 2014 12:19 AM CDT
There was an old woman who burned up a spider, That wriggled and jiggled and tickled beside her.
David Jones
Jun 29, 2014 10:31 PM CDT
Doesn't there have to be intent to burn the house for it to be called arson and not just incompetence?