Woman burns house down trying to kill snake

An incredible chain of events led to a fire totally destroying one house and damaging another when a homeowner tried killing a snake by pouring gasoline on the snake and lighting the snake on fire. It was not such a hot idea, as the snake exacted its revenge. CBS News has the unbelievable tale:

Deputy Randall Baggett of the Bowie County Sheriff's Office pretty much summed it up: "While cleaning up she [the homeowner] saw a snake, threw gasoline on the snake, and lit the snake on fire, and the snake went into the brush pile and the brush pile caught the home on fire."

Initially, the woman called 911 to report a grass fire, but it quickly got out of hand. "We were trying to kill a snake with fire," the woman told 911. "It done caught the house…[Dispatcher: Caught the house?] Yes, the house is on fire. Could you hurry up please?"

Unfortunately, the fire department wasn't quick enough.

The incident occurred Wednesday night at the home on Will Smith Road in the Liberty Eylau area of Bowie County, Texas.

Liberty Eylau Fire Chief David Wesslehoft told CBS that it isn't unusual for a burning animal to spread a fire, such as when a rabbit or field mouse flees a fire by exiting its hole, catching fire, and then running into the grass.

But a fire started by a burning snake is a first for Wesslehoft.

We believe a fire started by a burning snake, which was lit on fire by a homeowner, is a first for all of us.

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