Va. FFs find 6-foot alligator in home during fire
Officials said the alligator, named "Smiley," was kept as a pet by the homeowners
By Laura French
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. — Virginia firefighters made a surprising discovery while responding to a residential fire on Friday.
Franklin County Department of Public Safety personnel responded to the blaze and came across a six-foot-long alligator while fighting the fire, according to WSET.
Officials learned the 12-year old alligator was named "Smiley" and had been kept as a pet by the homeowners for about eight years.
The alligator was turned over to a rescue group and will be placed into a natural habitat after a medical evaluation, according to the public safety department.
According to Virginia administrative code, a special permit from the state Department of Wildlife Resources is required to possess certain exotic animals, including alligators.
Four snakes and two turtles were also in the home, officials said.
@fcdps resources responded to a residential fire yesterday and found a 6 foot alligator in the home. Today "Smiley" was turned over to a rescue group and after medical test will be placed into a natural habitat pic.twitter.com/ZBlkoiCHf9— FCDPS (@FCDPS) February 27, 2021