In an update to a Nov. 23 Poolesville house fire the caused over a million dollars worth of damages the cause has been revealed to be no other than snakes.
According to Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Pete Piringer, a homeowner tried to use smoke from coals to ward off a snake infestation. The owner got too close to heat-combusted material in the basement which ignited a fire that turned the house to smoldering rubble.
Update (11/23 10p) 21000blk Big Woods Rd, Dickerson/Poolesville, @mcfrs Media Hotline Update 240.777.2442 – no injuries, Cause-undetermined/under investigation, >$1M loss, ~75FFs responded, it was dark & cold (~ 25°) https://t.co/6PwIkbRAkf pic.twitter.com/jWlB1HPdKt
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 24, 2021
The 75 firefighters that arrived at Big Woods Road faced difficulties —besides the 25-degree weather— as the house was in a non-hydrant area and had a driveway 3/4 of a mile long. There were no injuries or deaths.
One thing remains certain according the Piringer, “status of snakes undetermined.”