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Firefighters rescue 18-foot Burmese python from burning Rhode Island home

October 5, 2010 | 11:31 am

Burmese Python

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. — Firefighters often have to rescue people from burning homes, sometimes even a dog or cat.

But the 18-foot Burmese python that firefighters had to drag out of a burning Rhode Island home just after midnight Monday may have been a first.

Acting Chief Peter Henrikson tells the Providence Journal that it took two firefighters to carry out the python with a diameter like a "Frisbee" in the middle.

The home's sole occupant managed to escape on his own and brought out his two dogs and a cat.

Henrikson says he hates snakes and wouldn't go near it.

He says it appears the fire started where the pipe of a wood stove met the wall. The East Greenwich house was condemned.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A Burmese python (not the one rescued from the burning East Greenwich, R.I., home). Credit: Mike Stocker / Associated Press

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