Eight displaced from S. San Francisco fire, family believes pet snakes died

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A South San Francisco house fire displaced eight people early Tuesday morning, although the residents say they believe some of their pets, including snakes and reptiles, died in the fire. 

Fire crews were en route, when dispatch told them officers were already at the house fire and people, including three children, were possibly trapped inside at the home on Fairway Dirve. 

Firefighters initially went into rescue mode, but fortunately everyone had made it out safely. 

A second alarm was called and it took firefighters an hour to get the fire under control. 

Extensive fire damage was found in the majority of the house and consumed a vehicle. It’s unknown at this time if the home is a total loss. 

One of the residents after 1 a.m. had called 911 and doesn’t know how the fire started. 

“I smelled something,” said Opi Olian. “I don’t know. Maybe the kids are cooking food and forgot to turn it off. I went out and saw the garage on fire. I called 911, ‘You need to come here right now.’ My daughter was upstairs sleeping.”

Fire officials say live power lines came down in the rear of the home but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.