The caregiver, Lyndsey Wisegarver, described the pest as a "huge wolf spider".
'It was a huge wolf spider, ' Wisegarver said.
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Redding firefighters responded to the building, where residents tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames with a garden hose.
Pitt said the fire spread to a closet in the bedroom, but firefighters were able to keep it from getting into the attic or neighboring apartments. The fire caused about $11,000 in damage, officials said.
The burning eight-legged creature ran onto the mattress which quickly caught fire and spread to drapes in the bedroom, Redding Searchlight reported.
Ms Wisegarver and the two men living in the apartment were told it was uninhabitable and that they would have to find another place to live.
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Incredibly, it's not the first time someone has set fire to their home while attempting to kill a spider.
"The information regarding the spider was presented by civilian witnesses, at the scene of the fire, and is certainly part of our investigation", Fire Department Chief Gerry Gray told the BBC.
Redding Fire Department has been contacted for comment.
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