Home destroyed by fire in East Jones County

Home destroyed by fire in East Jones County

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

Another home in East Jones County was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, September 30, leaving an older couple homeless.  This makes the fourth home, and the fourth family, in East Jones County to lose their home to fire during the month of September.

At 7:50 p.m., fire units from Powers, M&M, Glade, Sandersville, and Rustin Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the burning home, which was located on Smith Chapel Road.  Upon arrival firefighters found the approximately 1500 square-foot home fully involved in flames, and collapsing, with nearby structures being threatened.  Firefighters initiated an aggressive defensive attack preventing the nearby structures from also catching on fire.

The home, owned by James and Kay Whigham, was deemed a total loss.  The Whighams were at church at the time of the fire.  Unfortunately, they lost their dog, a boxer mix, which had been with them for eleven years, in the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown and 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, Jones County Sheriff's Department, EMServ Ambulance Service-for standby, and Dixie Electric Power Association.  The American Red Cross was notified, and is assessing the needs of the couple.