Maryland homeowner uses smoke to battle snakes, burns down house

This photo provided by the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service shows the remains of a home that was heavily damaged by fire after the homeowner attempted to use smoke to purge snakes from the house, in Poolesville, Md., a town about 25 miles (about 40 kilometers) outside of Washington. (Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service via AP) NYSB503

A spokesperson for Montgomery's Fire and Rescue Service said the reptiles were described to fire investigators as "black snakes," and there'd been "a lot of them" in the house.

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