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Sep 26, 2011 6:45 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Exotic snakes killed after fire in Colorado business

DENVER (AP) - A fire at an exotic reptile breeding business co-owned by former NFL linebacker Chad Brown has left hundreds of snakes dead.

Douglas County sheriff's officials say a deputy checking on a burglary alarm at Pro Exotics Reptiles in Littleton around 5:30 a.m. Monday spotted smoke and reported the fire.

Co-owner Robyn Mackland told The Denver Post the business had more than 2,000 non-venomous snakes. Mackland told the newspaper that a firefighter told him one "big snake" survived, but the others are likely a total loss.

The business is co-owned by Brown, who played for New England, Pittsburgh and Seattle in the NFL.

No injuries were reported. The building sustained significant fire, smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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