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09-27-11, 10:54 PM #1
Over 2,000 exotic snakes perish in warehouse fireDENVER (Reuters) - Fire investigators sifted through a charred warehouse to find the cause of a blaze that killed more than 2,000 exotic snakes at a reptile business owned by former professional football player Chad Brown.
Jim Hofstra, a division chief with the Littleton, Colorado, fire department, told Reuters that the probe will take a few days to complete, but the preliminary investigation has turned up no evidence pointing to arson.
"There were no accelerants present, so there doesn't seem to be any reason to suspect it was anything but accidental," Hofstra said.
Hofstra said the blaze erupted on Monday in the Pro Exotics Reptiles warehouse south of Denver.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 nonvenomous snakes perished in the fire, he said, though a handful of snakes survived the flames, and some incubators containing snake eggs may be salvageable.
No humans were injured, but the building sustained extensive damage to its roof, electrical system and natural gas lines, Hofstra said.
Pro Exotics breeds and sells reptiles to collectors and others, but is not a retail outlet, according to the company's website.
The business is co-owned by Brown, a 15-year National Football League veteran who retired from the game in 2007.
Brown, 41, could not be reached for comment, but a posting on the company website said its entire inventory was "wiped out" by the fire.
"We have no snakes for sale at this time, sorry," the posting said.
A police officer initially responded to an intruder alarm that fire officials said was likely triggered by the flames short-circuiting the building's electrical system.
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09-27-11, 11:25 PM #2
Lew if you need a good character witness I'm here for you bro.
09-28-11, 01:02 AM #3Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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09-28-11, 01:16 AM #4*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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09-28-11, 02:50 AM #5
Lew, I'll tell them you were out with me having a beer.I'm your huckleberry...
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
09-28-11, 03:15 AM #6
09-28-11, 05:41 AM #7
It is a day to celebrate'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” Sigmund Freud
09-28-11, 07:06 AM #8
09-28-11, 09:30 AM #9APB Guest
Snakes... why did it have to be snakes?
09-30-11, 12:06 PM #10
2000 down, millions to go....I'm not ruining your life, you are, and I'm just going to write a short story about it.
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