JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Department.
Fire units from nine volunteer fire departments across Jones County responded to a multi-structure fire in the Calhoun/Soso area Wednesday afternoon, where the homeowner was injured while attempting to fight the fire. He was transported to South Central Medical Center where he was treated for second-degree burns but has since been released.
The elderly couple had no insurance on the home and those wishing to donate can do so. An account has been opened at Trustmark Bank under the name, "Robinson Benefit Account."
At 3:22 p.m., Jones County 911 Dispatchers received a call reporting an out of control fire in an out-building. Dispatchers received a second report saying the fire was approaching a "tank."
A third report said that the house was now on fire. As the updates were being reported, fire units from Calhoun, Soso, Pleasant Ridge, and Hebron Volunteer Fire Departments were responding to R.H. Robinson Road to the home of Robert Robinson and his wife, Anne.
Upon arrival, firefighters found where the fire had already destroyed several structures around the home.
The home itself was fully involved in flames, explosions were occurring around the property from unknown sources and fire was surrounding a propane tank.
The fire was also heading toward the nearby wooded area, and fire was approaching a nearby barn.
A second and third alarm was sounded for fire units from Shady Grove, Sandersville, Glade, Southwest Jones and South Jones Volunteer Fire Departments to respond with water support and manpower. The home, four outside structures and a number of farm implements and equipment were either damaged or destroyed.
Also responding to the fire were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Sheriff's Department Deputies and Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable, firefighters from Rustin Volunteer Fire Department who were nearby, Fishers of Men in Action (FOMA) from Magnolia Baptist Church who provided snacks and hydration, Mississippi Power Company and Blossman Propane.