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Maryland Homeowner Burns Down Their Million Dollar House Over Snake Infestation


A Maryland homeowner has admitted that they burned down their million dollar house while attempting to combat a snake infestation.

The massive fire in Poolesville was started after the owner attempted to use hot coals to cause smoke to drive the reptiles away.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said that about 75 firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

The hot coals they were using in the basement reportedly got too close to flammable materials, causing the whole house to be engulfed in flames.

In photos of the fire, flames can be seen jumping from the roof and windows on the second story of the house. Photos of the aftermath reveal only a bare skeleton left standing in the morning.

No humans were injured in the fire, but Piringer said that the “status of snakes undetermined.”

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources there are only two types of dangerous venomous snakes in the state, the eastern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. It is currently unclear what type of snake the homeowners were up against.

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8 responses to “Maryland Homeowner Burns Down Their Million Dollar House Over Snake Infestation”

  1. Cleffy says:

    Don’t worry guys, I got the info you wanted to know.
    It’s estimated value was $2.3 million. It was bought in 2014 for $1.8 million. The home was built in 1977.
    If you look at the photos, it seems like the only parts to survive are the Cinderblock and plaster walls, and additional garage. Probably a sign of the building process changes over the last few decades.

  2. Rawdog says:

    Oh gawd. . .they are going to take the insurance payout, move to FL. . . and vote Democrat.

  3. UppityG says:

    Suuuuuure, “snakes”…. uh huh…. yeah….

    *ponders home owners fire insurance payout….*

  4. 0xdeadface says:

    Yeah, makes sense… you can afford a million dollar house but not an exterminator… let it burn baby!!

  5. There are pros that can get rid of snakes without burning down the house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3eC35LoF4U

  6. Here about, all enjoy a down-home South Texas rattlesnake barbecue, but this is taking it too far, no?

  7. exactly34 says:

    Agreed. I want to get out of the northeast because of the cold and the politics, but those things scare the shit out of me.

  8. sthborges says:

    I’d burn it down too.
    Fuck.
    That.
    Shit.