Woman charged with arson for setting fire to kill spider in US

A woman who tried to kill a spider by setting some towels on fire in her apartment has been arrested in the US state of Kansas on a charge of aggravated arson.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014, 00:02 AM IST

New York: A woman who tried to kill a spider by setting some towels on fire in her apartment has been arrested in the US state of Kansas on a charge of aggravated arson.

Ginny M Griffith was arrested on Friday after five Hutchinson Fire Department units were called out to extinguish a small fire in her half of a duplex at 121 West Seventh Avenue.

Although no one was injured, and there was no damage to the structure other than light smoke damage, Griffith was arrested on a charge of aggravated arson because the other half of the duplex also was occupied, authorities said.
Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said in a press release that firefighters found light smoke coming from the woman`s half of the duplex and some clothing smoldering just inside the doorway.

They found multiple other points of origin for the fire and brought it under control within minutes, Hanen was quoted as saying by hutchnews.Com.
A police report of the incident said Griffith told officers that she used a cigarette lighter to set some towels on fire to kill a spider.

Griffith was being held in the Reno County jail in lieu of USD 7,500 bond, the report said.