Photos: Lynn and Ken Kubic's house burns down -- with 8,000 reptiles inside

This morning, a house near 144th and Umpire near Brighton was engulfed in flames, and judging by photos on view below, it's a total loss.

Fortunately, no people were hurt as a result of the blaze.

But five dogs reportedly died, and the loss of life could be infinitely greater when it comes to snakes and reptiles in the home -- as many as 8,000 of them.

Continue for the surprising details.

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