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Texas woman sets snake on fire, snake sets her house on fire
NYDN ^ | March 22, 2013 | Michael Walsh

Posted on 03/24/2013 9:47:57 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

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Texas woman sets snake on fire, snake sets her house on fire

The woman was frightened by a snake outside her house, so she doused it with gas and had her son set it on fire. That plan didn’t work out so well.

A Texas woman burned her own house down during a heated battle with a snake.

The serpent frightened the lady while cleaning outside her home Wednesday night. She doused the limbless reptile in gasoline and called over her son to set it ablaze.

The plan backfired.

Her son tossed a lit match at the creeping reptile but it slithered into a nearby brush pile, bringing the flames with it. The brush pile, too, caught fire and soon spread to the family's home on Will Smith Rd. in Texarkana, Capt. David Grable of the Bowie County Sheriff's Department confirmed to the Daily News.

"We were trying to kill a snake with fire," the woman said during a 911 call. "It done caught the house."

"Caught the house?" asked the dispatcher.

"Yes, the house is on fire. Could you hurry up please?"

The Liberty Eylau Fire Department arrived at the scene to find the family's home completed destroyed and a neighbors' home significantly damaged.

"There were two homes close together. One of them is a total loss," said Jeff Neal, chief deputy at the sheriff's office.

Fire chief David Wesslehoft told CBS 12 News that burning animals have been known to ignite larger fires.

"With rabbits and big field mice, once they start burning the grass they get out of their hole," said Wesslehoft. "They have been known to catch on fire and take off."

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 911; fire; firedepartment; fireserpent; firesnake; gasoline; houseonfire; manbitesdog; oops; snake; snakes; texarkana; texas
fire snake Mixing fire and snakes can lead to negative outcomes ...
1 posted on 03/24/2013 9:47:57 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More headlines ...

“Texas woman sets snake on fire, snake sets her house on fire”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woman-sets-fire-snake-burns-house-article-1.1296414#ixzz2OTcvyNCr

“Snake being blamed for burning down East Texas home”

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/snake-being-blamed-for-burning-down-east-texas-home

“Snake possibly burns down home”

Read more: http://www.kait8.com/story/21753937/snake-possibly-burns-down-home


2 posted on 03/24/2013 9:52:29 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping


3 posted on 03/24/2013 9:53:44 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Another headliner ...

“Texas woman sets snake on fire, burns down 2 houses”

Read more at: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130322/WIRE/130329885/-1/sports03?Title=Texas-woman-sets-snake-on-fire-burns-down-2-houses


4 posted on 03/24/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Funny thing is, I do not find this story amusing.
Even a snake does not deserve this.


5 posted on 03/24/2013 9:55:45 AM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: DogByte6RER
"We were trying to kill a snake with fire," the woman said during a 911 call. "It done caught the house."

How long before this calls gets posted to YouTube?

6 posted on 03/24/2013 9:59:02 AM PDT by matt04
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To: DogByte6RER

The sad thing is that it probably was a chicken snake, because it slithered into a nearby brush pile. A rattlesnake would have been coiled, ready to attack. A cottonmouth would have attacked! I am talking from years of experience. That lady was scared by a harmless snake!


7 posted on 03/24/2013 9:59:47 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: DogByte6RER

When we were newlyweds, we rented a small house in a Walnut Orchard in Walnut Creek, CA. It’s very hot there, and you don’t need heat too often. The weather unexpectedly turned cold in the middle of spring, and I switched on the floor furnace. A horrid smell permeated the house. I could barely stand to be there, and I couldn’t get rid of it.

I called the landlord over (he lived in another house on the property) to check it out. A huge rattlesnake had crawled into the floor furnace (this house had no basement — just a crawl space) and had burned up in the floor furnace when I turned it on. I could hardly wait to move!


8 posted on 03/24/2013 10:01:21 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Tax-chick
Reptile "snake on fire" Ping...:-0

9 posted on 03/24/2013 10:02:34 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: DogByte6RER
Stupid people and gasoline can lead to negative outcomes.

This lady will likely spend some time in jail for cruelty to animals.

10 posted on 03/24/2013 10:03:31 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Former Fetus
That lady was scared by a harmless snake!
typical 0'Bozo voter...

11 posted on 03/24/2013 10:05:13 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh that is funny!

When My Uncle was a kid, a snake bit him at the local swimming hole, he caught it and bit it back!


12 posted on 03/24/2013 10:06:28 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Former Fetus

Rattlers are pretty docile, They tell you where they are.
Leave them alone and they go eat mice.


13 posted on 03/24/2013 10:09:20 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wonder how she will deal with the insurance company over this?

They may just sing her a song, “you fought the snake and the snake won”.


14 posted on 03/24/2013 10:09:35 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Pontiac

Gasoline is dangerous!
This would never happen in an Alternative energy world!


15 posted on 03/24/2013 10:10:35 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
A huge rattlesnake had crawled into the floor furnace (this house had no basement-
just a crawl space) and had burned up in the floor furnace when I turned it on.
commonly happens..sounds like it was "coiled", waiting for prey...
dark, quiet, hidden; preferred by mice / snakes in the area.

16 posted on 03/24/2013 10:12:30 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: mylife

Not when you have children playing in the yard! But a shot with my 410 takes care of the problem without any danger to the house, LOL!


17 posted on 03/24/2013 10:15:01 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: DogByte6RER

18 posted on 03/24/2013 10:24:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Former Fetus

410s are great, and I taught the kid to use them, but I taught him to leave snakes alone too.

You cant have a snake infestation, but Rattlers are pretty benign


19 posted on 03/24/2013 10:41:24 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: matt04

lol, you know it will.


20 posted on 03/24/2013 10:45:20 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: mylife
Rattlers are pretty benign

I used to think that way, until the day I was riding with my husband on a tractor and I saw a big rattler strike one of the front tires! From then on, my favorite way to describe a mean person was saying "he/she is meaner than a rattlesnake with a headache". And I've lost count of how many of them I've shot... the only good rattler is a dead rattler.

21 posted on 03/24/2013 10:49:40 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

I am more frightened of gasoline fumes in an enclosed space that a damn snake.

That is the irony here.


22 posted on 03/24/2013 11:18:49 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DogByte6RER

“To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee”

— Reported last hisses of the snake


23 posted on 03/24/2013 11:29:37 AM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: DogByte6RER

24 posted on 03/24/2013 12:04:05 PM PDT by mikrofon (Snakes & a Flame)
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To: DogByte6RER

Nothing worse than a “cold blooded arsonist”.


25 posted on 03/24/2013 12:11:31 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: mylife
Rattlers are pretty docile, They tell you where they are. Leave them alone and they go eat mice.

You're talking about those wimpy little western diamond backs, not the 5'-7' Eastern diamondbacks. Remember the one that was hoaxed to be 15', was in reality "only" 7 feet, 3 inches and was found in a St. Augustine neighborhood?

:

What's really big, dangerous, crawls on its belly and calls St. Augustine home? And no, it's not an elected official

I like snakes, but not the ones that can kill me, family and pets. They tell me the baby copperheads around here will hit you full strength until they get a bit older, not having learned control.

It's amazing we survived childhood and it's amazing how fast things have changed. Only a few decades ago it was just nature that was dangerous and parents turned you loose until dark or supper, whichever came first. I liked the odds better back then.

26 posted on 03/24/2013 12:47:09 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: GBA

Copperheads freak me out more than rattlers.
They never warn ya.

Water moccasins are particularly nasty and I would hit one with a 410 the moment I saw one.


27 posted on 03/24/2013 12:50:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DogByte6RER

Brush pile? Sounds like these folks would have guns. Never use gasoline to do a gun’s job.


28 posted on 03/24/2013 12:51:20 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: mylife
I'm with you. At least the eastern diamondbacks are usually fairly loud when annoyed. Good thing, since I don't hear those frequencies as well as I used to.

The neighbors across the street told me they've had copperheads in their house a few times.

I didn't believe them, thinking they must have been corn snakes, until I found a young copperhead at the curb one night while walking the dogs.

Stuff like that makes me appreciate those big black snakes all the more.

29 posted on 03/24/2013 1:05:07 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Former Fetus

That lady was scared by a harmless snake!

I would have to disagree with you- it turned out not to be harmless.

However I agree with you- without her interventions, yes it was a harmless snake. And in my thinking, a stupid way to remove something that did not need removing. Harmless snakes will slither away on their own given a chance.


30 posted on 03/24/2013 1:09:11 PM PDT by handmade
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To: Tupelo
Funny thing is, I do not find this story amusing. Even a snake does not deserve this.

In my area, there's a charitable organization devoted to rescuing and caring for injured reptiles. None of their critters poses a danger to humans. However, one of their spokesmen told me that most of the reptiles in their care were attacked by people who were afraid of them or thought they were poisonous.

31 posted on 03/24/2013 1:18:31 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: GBA

At least you can see and hear the big ones... What scares me the most is the pigmy rattlesnake. I’ve found myself in some bad situations because I had not seen or heard it!


32 posted on 03/24/2013 1:19:11 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus
Those things are a good reason to wear snake boots mowing the yard!

Seems like that's the only time I hear people talk about those pygmies is finding one after having just it with the mower. Otherwise, they never saw it. NOT good.

33 posted on 03/24/2013 1:25:49 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: GBA

My friend Colt stepped right on one.
Spent 3 days in hospital


34 posted on 03/24/2013 1:37:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: handmade

Pretty much.
While accidents do happen, most people that get nailed by a snake get nailed because they freak out.


35 posted on 03/24/2013 1:41:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Fiji Hill
I have killed my fair share of snakes, both poisonous and harmless. I am not a snake fancier by any means. I do not like them.
BUT no animal deserves to be drenched with gasoline and set on fire. Cruel and in my opinion inhuman.
36 posted on 03/24/2013 1:51:04 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: mylife

Well medicated, I hope. I hear that’s very painful.


37 posted on 03/24/2013 2:41:30 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Now that’s funny.


38 posted on 03/24/2013 2:50:21 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Never bring a snake to a firefight. Or vice versa!


39 posted on 03/24/2013 2:59:29 PM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hard to believe that someone living in Texarkana, TX didn’t have a shotgun on hand to kill that snake.

Would’a been a lot quicker and easier to use than gasoline and a match — not to mention, a whole lot less costly.


40 posted on 03/25/2013 12:12:48 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I once rented a place in the boonies of North Texas where I found dead snakes in the strangest places. The first one I ran across was - you guessed it - in the oven.

I guess it got in there during a cold winter, and someone turned the oven on one morning. No telling how long it had been there. I only found it because I had to do some repairs.


41 posted on 03/25/2013 12:16:21 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mylife
Gasoline is dangerous!

I know you’re joking but it just set me off this morning.

Gasoline is not dangerous. Gasoline is a chemical and thus is completely predictable.

People are ignorant and stupid. Thus they are completely unpredictable and thus dangerous as this stupid woman and her son (I don’t know the age of her son and so won’t necessarily say that he is stupid) demonstrated so well.

42 posted on 03/25/2013 3:34:20 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Windflier

We rented a cottage on a river in the Hill Country of Texas near Fredericksburg one summer for a family vacation. There were scorpions in the pots and pans! I didn’t do much cooking.


43 posted on 03/25/2013 4:30:57 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Windflier

I just remembered the name of the place — Kaehler Cottages — and it’s been 40 years.


44 posted on 03/25/2013 4:32:40 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m sure you didn’t do much sleeping either .. LOL


45 posted on 03/25/2013 10:55:06 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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