Perringer said snakes have been a constant problem for this landlord and a previous tenant as well.
Perringer told CNN the owner had been home a few hours earlier, but luckily no one was home when the fire broke out. A passing neighbor saw the smoke and called 911.
Around 10 pm, 75 firefighters reached the spot to douse the fire.
Perringer said there was no fire in the area. “Which isn’t a problem because we’re used to it, but we’ve had to shuttle in tanker trucks.”
It took firefighters a few hours to get the fire under control, but it wasn’t fully extinguished until the next morning.
The damage will cost more than $1 million, Perringer said. The home was recently purchased for $1.8 million, according to public records.
Firefighters ruled the incident an accident as there was no evidence of arson or intent.
Perringer recommends using other methods to combat infection.
“There are animal services that can go out and make recommendations, or pest control or exterminators,” Perringer said. “We recommend that professionals address any pest control issues to help maintain the situation.”
Since no one was home at the time, no one was injured.
The condition of the snakes is unknown, but since the house fell into ruins, they no longer live there.