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POLICE: Woman starts fire to kill spider, charged with arson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (WKRC) -- How severe is your fear of spiders? A Kansas woman's fear seems to have lead to criminal charges after she went to extreme lengths to kill an arachnid.

Fire crews told The Hutchinson News that Ginny M. Griffith, 34, was charged with aggravated arson after lighting multiple fires in order to kill a spider.

The woman told officers she used a cigarette lighter to ignite some towels on fire, and burn the spider.

Instead, Griffith ended up lighting her duplex on fire.

Crews found multiple points of origin for the fire, which they quickly put out. They say the other unit really only suffered smoke damage.

No word on if the spider made it out safely.

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