Kittens and snakes killed in Stickney house fire
Several animals have died and many more have been rescued after a house fire in Lincolnshire.
Firefighters were called to the house in Stickney, near Boston, shortly after 07:00 BST, to reports a large number of animals were trapped.
RSPCA officers, who also helped, said seven snakes, a lizard, two cats and eight kittens died in the fire.
Fourteen dogs, spiders and a cat were rescued by fire crews and two puppies were treated after breathing in smoke.
One snake needed treatment from a vet although other animals checked over by the RSPCA were found to be unharmed.
Four people were also treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.
Occupant Sharron Butcher told the BBC she was a breeder and the family had been in the process of starting up a new animal business.
"I'm devastated," she said.
"This is my whole life and it's gone in 20 minutes.
"We've lost all the animals that were upstairs. We've lost everything."
An RSPCA spokeswoman said some of the family's pets were still unaccounted for.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said the fire, which started on the first floor, was not thought to be suspicious and was being investigated.
Police closed the A16, Main Road through the village during the blaze.