Homeowner Unintentionally Burns Down House While Trying to Fight Snake Infestation

The incident took place in in Montgomery County, Maryland, last week, after the homeowner allegedly tried to smoke the snakes out of the home.

Homeowner burns down house fighting snakes

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Homeowner burns down house fighting snakes

A home’s pest infestation quickly turned into a much larger problem.

According to ABC 7, a Maryland resident unintentionally burned their house down while trying to scare off a den of snakes. Montgomery County said the fire broke out at around 10 p.m. Nov. 23 in Poolesville, after the homeowner decided to use smoke to clear out the snakes. 

Pete Piringer, Montgomery County public information officer, shared photos of the destroyed home via Twitter on Friday, confirming the blaze had caused about $1 million in damages. Piringer said it took 75 firefighters to put out the blaze, which reportedly started in the basement. He said the homeowner created the smoke using hot coals, which likely got “too close to combustibles,” and started the fire.

The officer went on to say no one was injured in the blaze, and it is unclear if all of the snakes made it out alive.

“I’m not a wildlife expert but at the time of the fire some firefighters did see some snake skins while others found one coming out of the foundation,” Piringer said in a text message to NBC News.

He went on to say emergency personnel came across one snake at the scene, and “were able to retrieve it and move it safely to a different environment.”

Update (11/23) Big Woods Rd, house fire; CAUSE, accidental, homeowner using smoke to manage snake infestation, it is believed heat source (coals) too close to combustibles; AREA of ORIGIN, basement, walls/floor; DAMAGE, >$1M; no human injures; snake status undetermined https://t.co/65OVYAQTWe pic.twitter.com/HIYOegJJT6

— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) December 3, 2021

ICYMI (Tuesday 11/23 10p) 21000blk Big Woods Rd, Dickerson/Poolesville, @mcfrs no injuries, Cause-undetermined/under investigation, >$1M loss, ~75FFs responded, it was dark & cold (~ 25°) NOTE: non-hydrant area, driveway 3/4 mi long off Big Woods Rd pic.twitter.com/hJ4i4Bz8nL

— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 26, 2021

Insurance investigators have reportedly classified the fire as accidental.

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