March 22, 2013

Best. Headline. Ever.

One woman’s extreme reaction to finding a snake in her yard backfired in tragic fashion. After being set on fire, the flaming snake caused the woman’s home to burn down. […]

“While cleaning up, she saw a snake, threw gasoline on the snake, lit the snake on fire,” Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randall Baggett told the station. “The snake went into the brush pile, and the brush pile caught the home on fire.”

And the best possible single sentence EVER in a story about a woman who burnt her house down by setting a snake on fire:

Oddly enough, a local fire department official says the incident isn’t as unique as one might think.

Maybe it’s just us, but we would have thought that having your house burnt down by a snake you set on fire was pretty much the living definition of the word “unique.” But hey, you learn something knew every day!

This site has the transcript of the 911 call:

“We were trying to kill a snake with fire,” the woman said during the 911 call. “It done caught the house.”

“Caught the house?” asked the dispatcher.

“Yes, the house is on fire. Could you hurry up please?”

Uncle John’s advice to homeowners everywhere: If you see a snake in your yard – do NOT try to kill it with fire. Maybe just have a beer instead. And wait for the snake to go away.

P.S. Related UJBR publication.