Family barely escapes burning home in Jones County

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Council

A family of three is homeless today after a fire destroyed the home they were occupying, in the Rustin community of Jones County, early Tuesday morning, July 22.

At 5:29 a.m., firefighters from Rustin, Sandersville, Powers, M&M, and Glade Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the report of a house fire at 53 Newcomb Road.  Upon arrival, firefighters found the home fully engulfed in flames.  Once it was determined that all occupants were out of the home, the firefighters began an exterior attack on the structure fire.

The occupants of the home, Jim Buck Edmond, Kimberly Nicole Smith, and their son, 2-year old Jim Buck, Jr., barely escaped the burning home.  Edmond said something woke him up, and the house was filled with smoke.  He woke up Smith and his son, and got them out, then went back inside for his wallet.  Edmond got disoriented in the smoke filled home, and barely found his way out before the flames spread throughout the home.

"I can't believe the house went up that fast," exclaimed John Breland, the owner of the home.

Firefighters remained on scene for over 2.5 hours performing fire suppression and overhaul operations.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Jones County Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.

Also responding to the fire were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Jones County Sheriff's Department.