JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Fire Council.
Several Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of a suspicious structure and woods fire in the Moselle community late Friday night.
Units from Moselle, Ovett, Union and Johnson were initially dispatched to a fully-involved house fire on North Eastabuchie Road. However, when units arrived on scene, it was determined that the home was abandoned and that it was an old homestead-style house.
The structure, which was a total loss, sat within a grouping of trees, resulting in the surrounding areas to catch fire. As the structure was mostly destroyed by the time units arrived, firefighters focused on extinguishing the woods fire to prevent further spread into surrounding areas and near other homes.
While on scene fighting the initial fire, units noticed another fire several yards and across the road from the first fire. The second fire was also in a wooded area. Firefighters were able to bring the fire in both locations under control but requested assistance from Mississippi Forestry to ensure the fire was completely contained.
Emergency personnel on scene included Moselle, Ovett, Union and Johnson Volunteer Fire Departments, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Forestry Commission. Dixie Electric was also called to the scene.
Fire apparatus included Moselle Rescue, Engine, Tanker 1 and 2; Ovett Tanker 1 and 2, Ovett Engine; Union Engine and Tanker; and Johnson Brush.