Jones County family loses home in fire

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County family, including seven children, are homeless tonight, following a fire that destroyed their Powers Community home. It happened Friday evening about 5 o'clock at Melissa Mapp's home on Highway 184 east of Laurel.

Firefighters from several departments fought the blaze for about 5 hours, but were unable to save the home.

Mapp and her children were away when the fire began.

"I kind of feel somewhat numb," said Melissa Mapp. "It's like I'm hoping I'll wake up from a dream, because this is all we have. But, the grace of God is going to bring us through," Mapp said.

"She's a single mom trying to make it and she's been living in this place for a long time," said Dan McKenna, fire coordinator for Jones County. "She got torn up by Katrina and came back from that and, as she said, she's going to rebound from this one," McKenna said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

If you'd like to help the family with clothing or other items, you can call (601) 470-8973.

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