Deadly snakes found in Clearfield apartment after fire

Jul 26 2013 - 5:07pm

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Professional snake handler James Dix removes venomous snakes after a house fire. In Clearfield,On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
DNR’s David Beveridge and snake handler James Dix removes snake terrariums after a house fire on friday. On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Professional snake handler James Dix loads the agitated snakes into truck after a fire took place at the apartment. On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Professional snake handler James Dix back his truck into the driveway to remove illegal venomous snakes. In Clearfield,On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Professional snake handler James Dix removes venomous snakes after a house fire. In Clearfield,On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
DNR’s David Beveridge and snake handler James Dix removes snake terrariums after a house fire on friday. On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Professional snake handler James Dix loads the agitated snakes into truck after a fire took place at the apartment. On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Professional snake handler James Dix back his truck into the driveway to remove illegal venomous snakes. In Clearfield,On July 26, 2013.(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)

CLEARFIELD - Firefighters found three dozen dangerous snakes in a duplex apartment Friday after a fire.

A reptile expert from Tooele was called in to evaluate the snakes, one of which was described as a gaboon viper, one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Five others were rattlesnakes, officials said.

No one was injured. Crews put out the blaze after it caused an estimated $20,000.

Investigators said they would look into whether any of the snakes were being kept illegally.

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