FLAMING ID­IOT! Spi­der-killer burns down house after watch­ing Beeb sci-fi show

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A MAN who burned down his par­ents’ house by us­ing a blow­torch to kill spi­ders had been watch­ing the lat­est Doc­tor Who episode, po­lice say.

The BBC sci-fi drama fea­tur­ing the Time Lady tak­ing on mu­tant gi­ant spi­ders in Sh­effield has been voted one of the scari­est ever.

And after watch­ing the episode a fan in Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia, be­came freaked out when he saw a nest of black widows.

So he took a blow­torch to the crea­tures and set them on fire.

But as well as killing the eight-legged crit­ters he ac­ci­den­tally started a blaze that de­stroyed his mum and dad’s prop­erty.

Lo­cal me­dia TV sta­tion KFSN re­ported 29 fire­fight­ers were called to the house.

The son got out safely, but the home’s at­tic and sec­ond story were se­verely dam­aged.

Fire crews were filmed saw­ing off parts of the roof and clean­ing out the garage.

The lo­cal force tweeted af­ter­wards: “Please don’t use a blow­torch to kill spi­ders.”

A source added: “As it stands, our un­der­stand­ing is that he had been watch­ing Doc­tor Who.

“And he had the be­je­sus scared out of him.

“We un­der­stand now that is why he over­re­acted some­what.”

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