Firefighters Put Out Blaze, Find Alligator in the Basement of Philly Home

Reptile goes missing after blaze

Philadelphia firefighters made quite the surprising discovery after putting out a minor fire inside a home Friday afternoon.

The fire call on the 5100 block of Ogden Street in West Philadelphia came in around 4:10 p.m. and was out in less than 10 minutes, according to firefighters.

As protocol, firefighters entered the home to make sure everything was OK inside the two-story row home.

Firefighters didn’t find anyone inside the home but they did find a 3- to 4-foot long alligator in the basement.


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Firefighters called on animal control by the time they got into the home the reptile was nowhere to be found.

No word on who owns the pet or where it went but witnesses in the neighborhood told NBC10 that they saw a man walking around with what appeared to be a reptile.

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