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The skinny: 'Blowtorch' to kill spider starts house fire instead (w/video)

Overkill

'Blowtorch' to kill spider lights fire instead

A man used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room and started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage. "The spider tried to get into the wall," said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. "He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling." The man tried to put out the fire with water, but the blaze quickly spread into the attic, Moore said. The man and his mother got out of the rental house, and no injuries were reported in the fire. "There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire," Moore said. "Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider."

Service with a smile

Taxi drivers try charm school

Some Seattle area taxi drivers are trying charm school as a way to improve their customer service and fight off competition from other ride services. About 130 drivers from Yellow Cab sat in a classroom for four hours as hospitality management instructors from South Seattle College taught about connecting with customers, leaving a good impression and dealing with complaints productively. Yellow Cab asked the college to design the class in response to competition from app-based ride services companies like Uber and Lyft.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: 'Blowtorch' to kill spider starts house fire instead (w/video) 07/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:27pm]
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