Firefighters often have to rescue creatures great and small as part of their job and last week that ranged from snakes to a horse.
Crews from Banbury and Hook Norton used thermal imaging cameras to track down scores of snakes that had escaped from their housing during the blaze.
The fire at the four-storey property in Middleton Road, Banbury, which started in the basement, was “rapidly spreading” to the ground floor.
It was only once crews had put out the fire and used a specialist fan to remove the smoke that they discovered the snakes had escaped.
About 100 snakes were recovered by fire fighters and were reunited with their owner for rehoming.
Watch manager John Callaway said “We quickly established that the snakes were non-venomous and that no specialist assistance was needed.
“It was unfortunate that some hadn’t survived the fire but many were saved.”
An investigation carried out by the Fire Service determined the cause was an electrical fault.
Police also attended the incident and closed the road and supported residents.
Firefighters from four stations across the county were called to help a horse found roaming in a swimming pool in Didcot on Saturday, pictured right.
Crews had to drain the pool to free the equine, called Mackie, before a vet then helped to free the horse in the safest way.