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Homeowner fighting Joro spiders with flames caught attic on fire, official says
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David Neveils of Clean-Way Inc. cleans up debris on a fire damaged roof on Weatherford Road in Hall County Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, after fire damaged the attic space inside the home. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update: The Hall County Fire Marshal's Office has determined a house fire on Tuesday south of Gainesville started when the owner used an open flame to burn Joro spider webs in the attic.

The fire, which was ruled accidental, occurred in the 4600 block of Weatherford Road. No one was injured.

“(W)e understand Joro spiders are a nuisance, but it is best to clean up webs using dust brushes in lieu of open flames to burn the webs,” Christie Grice, emergency medical services division chief, wrote in an email. 


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A Joro spider hangs from its web on Oct. 11, 2019, in Gainesville. The spiders were introduced to Georgia from Japan, but the arachnids don't appear to be a pest to local plants or animals, according to the University of Georgia. - photo by Nick Bowman

Previous story: Hall County firefighters extinguished a house fire Tuesday that started in an attic of a single-story home south of Gainesville.   

No one was injured in the blaze, which occurred in the 4600 block of Weatherford Road.

“Arriving units found fire coming from the roof in a single-story home,” according to Christie Grice, public information officer for Hall County Fire Services. “The arriving crews made an aggressive interior attack and the attic fire was rapidly extinguished and crews are still operating on the scene.” 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Grice wrote in a press release.  


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