$1M Loss: Maryland Homeowner Burns Down Home Trying To Stop Snake Infestation

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“I’ve had it with these mothaf–kin’ snakes, on this mothaf–kin’ plane!” … and in this Maryland house!

A homeowner suffered a $1 million loss after setting a Montgomery County, Maryland on fire after attempting to smoke out a snake infestation in the massive 6,200 sq. ft., six-bedroom house on fire, according to a fire official.

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; status of snakes undetermined,” Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Pete Piringer noted Friday as the final report came in on the November 23 fire.

A property tax record for the house lists the owner as “SHUANGXI,” which stands for “double happiness” in Chinese calligraphy design. The house was purchased for $1,850,000 in 2014.

Before the snake infestation:

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Snake infestation house / via Redfin.com

After the snake infestation fire:

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Snake house / via @MCFRSPIO

As noted by PIO Piringer, the house — or what’s left of it — sits on 25 acres and is located 3/4 of a mile off the nearest road in a non-hydrant area. The house didn’t stand a chance once things started raging.

As for the snakes, after a million-dollar loss, you have to hope the raging fire sent them packing. If not, it’s probably time to call a snake expert to have them extracted.

Just sayin’.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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