JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council.
A home in the Sharon community sustained incredible damage to its interior after a fire swept through most of the structure Saturday evening.
Units from Sharon and Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the house fire on Sharon Road.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy black smoke pouring out of the windows and roof; flames were visible on the inside of the structure. After confirming the occupants had safely exited the home, firefighters quickly began their interior attack on the fire.
It took only minutes to completely extinguish the visible flames, but due to the exterior brick walls and the intense heat encased within the home, the fire had caused extensive damage throughout.
According to the homeowner, she was cooking with oil on the stove when a fire ignited. She attempted to use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, but the extinguisher failed to operate. By that time, the flames were already beginning to extend upwards toward the ceiling and throughout the kitchen, forcing the homeowner and other occupants to evacuate the home.
The kitchen was completely charred from floor to ceiling; a hallway, living room and bedrooms to the right of the home sustained heavy smoke, water and some fire damage. A bedroom on the left side of the home also sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. It was reported that a bed in the left bedroom was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters made first entry into the home.
The homeowners initially believed that their cat may have been trapped inside of the home, but it was later confirmed that the cat was able to escape before the fire got out of control.
At one point during overhaul operations, a Sharon firefighter was seen carrying family photos that had survived the blaze to the tear-stricken homeowner standing outside. As photos were brought to the homeowner, she and others stood around a pickup truck, grasping what memories remained.
Firefighters were on scene for nearly two hours fighting the fire and ensuring all hot spots were extinguished, as well as performing overhaul. A section of Sharon Road was completely shutdown during firefighting operations.
Emergency personnel on scene included Sharon and Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Departments, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell.
Fire apparatus included Sharon Engine and Tanker, and Shady Grove Tanker, Rescue 1 and Rescue 2.