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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.
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
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:
After the snake infestation fire:
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.