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Up to 100 snakes dead in York house fire

Scene of fire with fire engine and police tape
The fire service said an "intense" fire on the ground floor killed up to 100 snakes

Up to 100 snakes have died in an "intense" house fire thought to have started in the room they were kept in.

A woman had to be rescued from the detached house in the Clifton Moor area of York on Tuesday lunchtime.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire in Boothwood Road was thought to have started in a "reptile room" used to house the snakes.

Twenty firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze and rescued the woman who was trapped in an upstairs bedroom.

The fire service said she was the only person in the property when they arrived, and was understood to be a guest staying at the house.

Station manager Alan Bell said: "Glad to say she looks like she's going to be ok, but she has been taken to hospital for a check up.

"There was a serious fire on the ground floor in what appeared to be a kitchen to start with but turns out is actually a reptile room with a large number of various types and sizes of different snakes, all of which appear to have been killed in the fire."

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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