Fire engulfed a home in the northeastern part of the Denver metro area Thursday morning at daybreak, causing heavy damage.
Thick smoke poured from the home as firefighters worked to put the fire out with hoses in very cold temperatures. The thermometer showed a reading of 12 degrees while the firefight was going on. The home is located at 144th and Umpire, near Brighton.
There was no initial word on what caused the fire, but officials said it started in the garage, burning two vehicles in the process.
At least five people were in the home at the time and all escaped safely but five dogs died, according to authorities.
Officials said the homeowners also kept snakes and other reptiles in the home, and had as many as 8,000. Officials with the Rocky Mountain Reptile Expo were working with emergency officials to try to help find new temporary or permanent homes for the animals who survived.