This historic two-story Maryland farmhouse is nothing but a stone chimney now after the homeowner chose fire to fight a snake infestation.
Some lessons are learned the hard way. Others are learned by burning down your house. Those might sound like one and the same, but combating wildlife with open flames inside an old wooden house surpasses “the hard way” into a category all its own.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in this enormous blaze, and we can look at it as such a lesson in retrospect. But still, as any firefighter will tell you, please don’t use fire to combat snakes. Even if it’s a full-blown infestation in your own home.
$1 Million in Damage and No Confirmed Extermination Later…
State officials say the Montgomery County, Maryland homeowner was attempting to “chase off snakes” with fire Tuesday evening. This is the result:
According to NBC Washington 4, the initial intent was to use smoke from the open flames to fight a snake infestation in the beautiful old timber and stone farmhouse. The home, located on Big Woods Road near Poolesville, features a 19th century stone cellar below ground. This is where the fire started.
Once hot coals got too close to flammable materials, however, the fire would grow immensely within minutes. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says around 75 firefighters responded at 10 p.m. Tuesday to combat the blaze.
After consuming the home, the homeowner is out more than $1 million in damages, Maryland officials say.
‘Status of Snakes Undetermined…’
It’s worth restating that no one was hurt in this fire, homeowners or firefighters alike, Piringer adds. Everyone made it away unscathed, which is a miracle judging by the photos above. Here’s to hoping this Maryland homeowner has some excellent home insurance, too.
As for the initial purpose of the fire, however… “Status of snakes undetermined,” Piringer offers.
Snake infestations are rare, but they do happen in homes and can be beyond alarming. One recent infestation comes to mind, and it’s doubly terrifying due to the type of snake involved.
Back in October of 2021, one California homeowner hosted what could possibly be the worst snake infestation in the state’s history – if not America’s. In total, over 90 Pacific rattlesnakes were found in the bottom level of this home. We dubbed it ‘The House of 100 Snakes,’ and it’s as terrifying as it sounds.
Sonoma County Reptile Rescue’s Al Wolf, the organization’s director, would arrive at the residence to deal with the infestation. Take note here, Outsiders, that this California homeowner chose to contact a wildlife technician to deal with the snake infestation over open flame.
The difference? The California woman still has a house – one with 100 fewer snakes in it.