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Firefighters find hundreds of snakes inside a house fire, performed rescue operation to save as many as they could


The captain of a Phoenix Fire Rescue unit was given a Samuel L. Jacksonesque startle when he and his team entered a house fire on Thursday, encountering hundreds of snakes.

“It was honestly like a movie,” Captain Greg Hawk said. “It really hit us that, you know, we were walking around with snakes and lizards and everything else.”

The home had hundreds of reptiles inside, and immediately changed the tempo of the operation from an outdoor dousing operation to a dedicated attack and rescue mission.

“There were literally firefighters that were fighting fire, squirting water on the fire, and guys next to them picking up snakes and putting them in buckets,” Hawk said. “We just knew that we had to do what we could to protect the animals and get the fire out.”

According to ABC12, it was just another day at the office for Hawk- chaos as normal.

“I mean, we see crazy stuff, and this was outside-of-the-box crazy for us,” he said. “We were looking at each other and going, ‘This is crazy!’”

The Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary is now caring for the reptiles that survived the fire. Several dogs and cats were rescued as well.

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