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Grass fires continue in Jones County

Shady Grove house fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford Shady Grove house fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford
Shady Grove house fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford Shady Grove house fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford
Hwy 590 grass fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford. Hwy 590 grass fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford.
Eastabuchie grass fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford. Eastabuchie grass fire. Photo provided by: Linda Cranford.
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Although Jones County volunteer firefighters spent most of their Friday night dealing with a house fire on Will Knight Road, it didn't stop there. Fire units responded to at least three out of control grass fires on Saturday as well, one on North Eastabuchie, the other in Ovett, and another on Lower Myrick Road.

On Friday, firefighters responded to at least two Jones County house fires and one grass fire. 

Shortly after 9 a.m., volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire in Shady Grove. According to Public Information Officer Linda Cranford, the owner says he was cooking on the stove with a propane burner, stepped out for a minute, then came back to find his entire kitchen on fire. The house was deemed a total loss, but luckily the 82-year-old owner was able to escape the fire.

Later Friday evening, Jones County fire units responded to another house fire on Will Knight Road. According to Cranford, the owners returned home to find their house engulfed in flames.

Aside from the two house fires, firefighters also responded to a report of an out of control grass fire on Highway 590, where five acres of land burned along with two outbuildings. According to Cranford, the source of the large grass fire was believed to be a burning pile of lightered stumps that was left unattended.

Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna encourages residents to refrain from burning outside if at all possible during this weather. He also reminds residents not to store propane bottles in their homes.

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