Firemen Grab ‘Hose’, Flee Burning Building

Firemen in Donetsk, Ukraine fled in panic from a blazing building after one of them grabbed a hosepipe that turned out to be a 10-foot python.

The firefighters had arrived to fight a blaze at a health club in, when one of them tripped over what he thought was a hosepipe, only to find it was a snake when he reached to pick it up.

The men were eventually talked into going back in to fight the blaze by the owner of the building who said the python, named Yashka, was harmless and he had kept it as a pet in his office. They put out the fire and managed to drag the python out to safety by its tail, local media reported.