A house fire became more dangerous for firefighters when they discovered poisonous snakes inside, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said Monday.
The flames broke out at 10:50 a.m. on the 6800 block of Julie Street at a single-story College Area home. The person who lives there reported smelling smoke and found an active fire in the garage.
When firefighters arrived, heavy white smoke and flames poured from the garage.
As crews worked to protect the adjoining home, they came across caged reptiles and spiders, including several snakes, rattlesnakes and a tarantula.
No injuries were reported, and all the animals and occupants safely got out.
The Red Cross is helping those displaced by the fire. Fire officials say damages are an estimated $300,000.
The cause is still under investigation.