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Burning snake sets house on fire

Posted on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 | Comment icon 36 comments | News tip by: QuiteContrary

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A woman who tried to kill a snake by setting it on fire inadvertently managed to burn her own house down.

The unnamed woman from Texas had been cleaning her windows when she encountered the troublesome reptile. In an effort to get rid of it she took some petrol and doused the snake before asking her son to come and set it on fire. The tables turned however when the serpent slithered in to some nearby bushes, setting them alight as well. The blaze promptly spread, engulfing both her and her neighbor's houses in flames.

"We were trying to kill a snake with fire," she said over the phone to the emergency operator. The fire department was promptly dispatched but despite their best efforts the house was almost completely obliterated by the blaze.

The fate of the snake is currently unknown.

"A woman and her son in Texarkana, Texas set fire to a snake, which set fire to some brush, which set fire to their house, and the one next door."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by evancj on 26 March, 2013, 21:35
What a cruel way to kill way to kill a living creature. She deserves what she bad she didn't burn with the house.
Comment icon #28 Posted by trancelikestate on 26 March, 2013, 22:04
Good. Funny how karma works sometimes.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Darkwind on 26 March, 2013, 23:30
I live in Florida and we got all kinds of snakes. I don't kill any of the native ones poisonous or not, they are a necessary part of the environment. Setting any living thing on fire is cruel.
Comment icon #30 Posted by EtherialNight on 27 March, 2013, 0:23
Ah.. Darwinism with a dash of karma at work..
Comment icon #31 Posted by Silver Surfer on 27 March, 2013, 1:01
Poor snake... its a pity it didn't turn out to be a darwinian award for her...
Comment icon #32 Posted by Odds on 29 March, 2013, 22:19
Too bad for the neighbour, but sucked in to her. She got what she deserved.
Comment icon #33 Posted by justcalmebubba on 29 March, 2013, 22:56
lmao can we say NO COW BELL here's your sign
Comment icon #34 Posted by Mantis914 on 1 April, 2013, 19:34
This is totally ridiculous! I've thrown baby rattlers out of my yard (and believe me, they are mean even as babies!) but never did the thought of setting them on fire come across my mind. It's no wonder that the snake gets associated sometimes with the devil, if you've ever heard an angered snake, you'll think twice about messing with them. In all honesty, I thought this was an urban legend when I first read this. I know there is one where a couple of hunters tied dynamite to a dog/rabbit (however the story goes) to watch it run away and blow up, however, the animal... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 8 May, 2013, 21:04
that was not a smart mover on her part why not get something long and big to scare it away?i wonder if the snakes escaped though? lol
Comment icon #36 Posted by -M7 on 2 September, 2013, 0:38

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