JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Service.
A home in the Rustin Community of Jones County was heavily damaged by fire Saturday afternoon, August 1, leaving the three occupants homeless.
At 1:45 p.m., fire units from Rustin, Sandersville, Powers, and Wayne County – Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the home, located on Oscar Brownlee Road. Upon arrival firefighters found smoke coming from the roof ridge cap, eaves, and the back of the home. Firefighters were able to make an aggressive interior attack and contain the fire to the kitchen and dining area, as the fire was reaching the attic.
The home, owned by Cynthia Brownlee, received extensive fire, smoke, and water damage. Brownlee, her 10 year-old daughter, McKenzie, and mother, Sandra Brownlee, were living in the home, however all three were away from the home at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.
Also, responding to the fire was Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, EMServ Ambulance Service for stand-by, and Dixie Electric Power Association. The American Red Cross was notified and is in the process of assessing the needs of the family.