JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Council
And early morning fire Tuesday, November 11, had firefighters in Jones County searching for three unaccounted for occupants of a two-story apartment building, located behind a home at 260 Creel Road in the Shelton community of Southwest Jones County.
At 4 a.m., fire units from Southwest, South Jones, and Boggy Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to the structure fire. Upon arrival, the firefighters found the approximately 2,000 square-foot barn shaped building, which had been converted into a two-story apartment, fully involved in flames, and almost on the ground. The cool temperatures and heat from the fire created such a cloud of steam and smoke, that firefighters had a difficult time searching the ruble. The occupants were never found.
The owners, who live in the home in front of the apartment building, were awakened by a loud explosion, and discovered the building on fire. The apartment was deemed a total loss.
The fire remains under investigation by Jones County Sheriff's Department Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.