Firefighters encounter 10-foot snake while battling Ambridge blaze

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AMBRIDGE, Pa. - Firefighters said they were called to battle a fire in Ambridge Monday morning and while searching for people inside, they discovered a 10-foot snake.

 Flames were first reported by an officer who was passing by the scene near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Seventh Street.

  The passing officer called 911 and kicked in the front door to look for anyone inside. But the smoke was too strong for the officer to get inside.

 “I saw heavy smoke coming out of the front window. After a short period of time, flames combusted through the front window,” neighbor Chad Gavura said.

 “When they first went in they found that they had heavy fire right inside the doorway,” Ambridge Assistant Fire Chief Rob Gottschlak said. “As soon as they found they had heavy fire inside the doorway they backed out.”

 It turns out no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The owner said he had just finished renovating the building so someone could move in Monday.

 After the flames were extinguished, firefighters said they discovered a 10-foot snake dead on the second floor.

 “The second floor front room is completely gone, which limited our firefighting capabilities. We were able to make it to the second floor hallway and attack it from there,” Gottschlak said.

 No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.