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Oct 5, 2010 3:37 PM by Associated Press

RI firefighters save 18-foot snake in burning home

Firefighters often have to rescue people from burning homes, sometimes even a dog or cat. But the 18-foot Burmese python that firefighters had to drag out of a burning Rhode Island home just after midnight Monday may have been a first.

Acting Chief Peter Henrikson tells The Providence Journal that it took two firefighters to carry out the python with a diameter like a "Frisbee" in the middle. The home's sole occupant managed to escape on his own and brought out his two dogs and a cat.

Henrikson says he hates snakes and wouldn't go near it.

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