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Woman Sets Fire to Snake, Snake Sets Home on Fire, Home Destroyed
LIBERTY EYLAU, Texas -- Fire destroyed a house in Liberty Eylau, Texas after an unusual series of events.
It all started when the homeowner spotted a snake while cleaning up the property in preparation for renovations. She threw gasoline on the snake, lit the snake on fire and the snake went into a brush pile, which caught fire and also caught the home on fire.
A 911 call from a Bowie County woman started with it as a grass fire, but before the call was over it had worsened
"We were trying to kill a snake with fire ... It done caught the house ... (DISPATCHER: Caught the house?) Yes, the house is on fire. Could you hurry up please?"
A neighboring home was also damaged by the fire.
Liberty Eylau Fire Chief David Wesslehoft said the fire remains under investigation, but added it's not unusual for a burning animal to spark fires.
"With rabbits and big field mice, once they start burning the grass they get out of their hole," Wesslehoft said. "They have been known to catch on fire and take off."
Posted: Friday, March 22 2013, 11:37 AM CDT
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Searches to continue day after Moore tornado
May 21, 2013 07:34 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say searchers, utility crews and people cleaning up are to continue their duties the day after the Moore tornado.
Officials planned a noon news conference at the storm command center to provide updates on conditions. Emergency officials may have a new death toll at the briefing.
Roads that were closed because of tornadoes had reopened by late Monday night, though authorities discouraged travel near Moore because crews in the devastated area still have plenty of work to do.
The National Weather Service pegged the tornado preliminarily as an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful category of twister.
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