JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council.
A potential disaster was averted on Saturday, when volunteer firefighters' quick response and diligent actions saved a home from burning to the ground.
At around 5:30 p.m., units from M&M, Rustin, Powers and Glade Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the house fire on G Morgan Road in the M&M community.
The keen observations of a next-door neighbor prompted the call to 911, advising that smoke was coming from the rear of the home and that no occupants were inside.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they quickly made entrance through the front door and moved to the left-rear of the home where the kitchen was located.
According to reports, it appeared the fire originated in the kitchen area near the stove, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it got out of control.
M&M Fire Chief, Steve Ishee, stated that the house was closed up tight, which prevented the fire from spreading but "it was hot in there and ready to go." The kitchen sustained fire, smoke and some water damage, with smoke damage throughout the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Jones County Fire Investigator Scott Gable.
Rescue personnel on scene included M&M, Rustin, Powers and Glade Volunteer Fire Departments, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Jones County Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell.
Fire apparatus included M&M Engine and Tanker, Rustin Engine and Tanker, Powers Engine and Tanker, and Glade Engine and Tanker.