An explosive fire destroyed a home in Jones County Monday afternoon, December 16.
At 2:38 p.m. volunteer fire units from Shady Grove and Sharon Volunteer Fire Departments, along with Laurel Fire Department Station 5, responded to the report of smoke coming from the attic of the home at 16 Heatherwood Drive, just outside the City Limits of Laurel in the Shady Grove community.
Sharon VFD Fire Chief Mike Hodge was the first to arrive on scene and found flames coming from the roof of the home on the north end. Shortly after arriving, Hodge said an explosion occurred inside the home, which was believed to be a propane bottle, spreading flames further through the roof and throughout the home.
Shady Grove VFD Fire Chief served as Incident Commander and reported that several propane bottles were located inside the house and basement. At least two propane bottles exploded before firefighters gained control of the fire.
The homeowner, Angela Howard, said she had been gone from the house since early morning. No one was injured during the fire and firefighters remained on scene for well over three hours performing fire suppression, salvage, and overhaul operations.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Jones County Sheriff's Department Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.
Also responding to the fire were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Laurel Battalion Chief Joey Blackwell, Laurel Fire Chief James Brown, EMServ ambulance service, Jones County Emergency Management Deputy Director Marda Tullos, Jones County EMA CTSC J.D. Carter, and FOMA (Fishers of Men in Action from Magnolia Baptist Church). The American Red Cross was notified and will be in contact with the homeowner to access her needs.