JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A grass fire led to tragedy early Wednesday morning after the fire spread and consumed multiple outbuildings, a car, a camper, and a landowner's home.
According to the Jones County Fire Council, units from Calhoun and Hebron Volunteer Fire Departments were working the scene of a one vehicle accident around midnight on Northridge Road in the Soso community when a call came in for an out-of-control grass fire with multiple buildings on fire.
When firefighters initially arrived on the fire scene on Luke Aldridge Road, also in the Soso community, they found a large section of the backyard on fire, including the outbuildings, the car and the camper. The fire at that time had made its way to the edge of the back-right side of the home and was quickly advancing. Fire Chief of Calhoun, Lee Garick, attempted to suppress the flames until more units could arrive on scene.
Soon after the first unit arrived, Calhoun engine and tanker made it to the scene. However, due to the intensity of the blaze and how quickly it was moving, half of the home had already been consumed and almost the entire roof was on fire with heavy black smoke bellowing from every crevice.
Calhoun requested assistance from multiple fire departments, including Pleasant Ridge, Hebron, Shady Grove, Sharon, Powers and Stringer.
The fire burned through the entire brick home. The house is considered to be a total loss.
A trailer home behind the destroyed house was in danger of becoming a part of the blaze, but firefighters performed fire protection techniques to prevent it from catching fire. However, due to the intense heat, the vinyl siding had completely melted.
Firefighters were on scene for several hours suppressing the fire and performing overhaul to ensure all hot-spots had been extinguished. Although it was reported that a grass fire led to the house catching fire, it is unknown what initially caused the grass fire.
Rescue personnel on scene included Calhoun, Hebron, Pleasant Ridge, Shady Grove, Sharon, Powers and Stringer Volunteer Fire Departments, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Jones County Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell. Dixie Electric was also called to the scene to disconnect power from the house.