JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council.
Friday evening, multiple units from Pleasant Ridge, Soso, Hebron, Calhoun and Ellisville volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene of a fully-involved house fire on Graves Road.
Initial reports stated that there might be an occupant still in the house, but firefighters were relieved when they heard that the two occupants of the house, a husband and wife, had safely escaped the home before it was consumed by flames.
When speaking with the home owner, William Phillips, he speculated as to what the cause of the fire may have been, but he wasn't entirely sure. He stated that he was outside of the home when the fire started. His wife, who has trouble walking on her own, was in the home when the blaze began, but Phillips quickly acted to get his wife out of the house.
When fire units arrived on scene, there were no occupants inside the home. Due to the intensity of the fire, it took firefighters several minutes to bring the fire under control, and even longer to perform overhaul operations to insure smaller hot spots were extinguished.
Phillips and his wife lost everything in the fire that consumed their home Friday night. If you would like to offer assistance or donations to this couple, you may contact Phillips at 601-641-6241.
Rescue Personnel on scene included firefighters from Pleasant Ridge, Soso, Hebron, Calhoun and Ellisville volunteer fire departments, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna.
Fire apparatus included Pleasant Ridge Engine, Calhoun Rescue, Calhoun Engine, Calhoun Tanker, Calhoun Brush Truck, Hebron Tanker and Ellisville Engine. Several firefighters also arrived in their personal vehicles.