A Texas woman tried to eradicate a snake from her yard by pouring gasoline on it and setting it alight. One hitch: it slithered over to her house and burned it down.
Whether it’s snakes on a plane or snakes near your house, one thing’s for sure: lighting them on fire is probably not such a good idea.
A Texas woman unfortunately discovered this the hard way, squaring off with a snake near her home while working in her yard. According to a local official, while the woman was doing some cleaning work, she encountered the snake, which she doused in gasoline before lighting it on fire. The flaming snake then slithered into a brush pile by the house, igniting it and the house in a conflagration that quickly spread, eventually damaging a neighboring home.
Shreveport-based CBS affiliate KSLA reports that while several firefighters battled to extinguish the fire, the flames “completely engulfed the house,” and — tragically — that it’s “a complete loss.” The fire occurred in the Liberty Eylau area of Texarkana just before 7 p.m. Thursday night.
According to Fox affiliate KOKH-TV, the woman explains what she was trying to do in the 911 call:
“We were trying to kill a snake with fire … It done caught the house …” says the woman.
“Caught the house?” says the dispatcher.
“Yes, the house is on fire. Could you hurry up please?”