BRIGHTON, Colo. – A large fire broke out at a Brighton home early Thursday morning. Though the home is considered a total loss, but thankfully no humans were injured.
However, there was a bizarre turn in the story later in the morning, as emergency crews found out there were more than 1,000 snakes inside the basement of the home, which went up in flames around 4:32 a.m. near the intersection of East 147th Avenue and Umpire Court.
It appears that most of the snakes survived the fire and were being moved into a barn on another part of the property. However, Samantha Lamb, who is dating the son of the homeowners, Lynn and Ken Kubick, said five dogs, four birds and 10 sugar gliders are feared dead.
The Kubicks run a home business involving reptiles, especially rare snakes, police said.
Lamb said she and her 17-month-old son were among the seven people who escaped the flames unharmed. Though the cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed, Lamb said she believes it may have been sparked by the home’s furnace.
As of noon, firefighters were still knocking down a few hot spots in the structure. No people were injured in the fire, but the family has been displaced.