In the video the man can be seen filling his tank at a petrol station.
He bends down to check something on the car and — incredibly — picks up his lighter to blast the offending critter away.
The gobsmacked customer runs to a nearby fire extinguisher and manages to put out the inferno.
Employee Susan Adams watched the bizarre incident play out from the shop window.
“It is just one of those things that happen — stupidity”
Petrol station employee Susan Adams
She told Fox News: “He didn’t have a cigarette, he didn’t have anything on him.
“I looked outside and I just see flames.”
Bemused, she added: “There are some people that are scared of spiders.”
“He was sorry,” Susan said.
“It is just one of those things that happen — stupidity.”