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Laurel family loses everything in house fire

Photo credit: Jones Co. Fire Council Photo credit: Jones Co. Fire Council
Photo credit: Jones Co. Fire Council Photo credit: Jones Co. Fire Council
Photo credit: Jones Co. Fire Council Photo credit: Jones Co. Fire Council
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council. 

Thursday evening, Rustin, Sandersville, M&M, Powers and Wayne County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of a fully involved house fire at 411 Charlie Green Road in the Rustin community.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke and flames showing in a small, single family home. Firefighters acted quickly to extinguish the fire but unfortunately, the home had likely been burning for some time before fire departments were called, and it was considered to be a total loss.

According to the homeowner, Mark Knight, he and his family had been out-of-town and were returning that night. A nearby neighbor saw the fire and called 911, then called Mark and his family to let them know what was happening.

The homeowner stated that he arrived on scene only moments before the fire departments did, and the home was burning heavily.

As Mark attempted to explain the situation, he began to breakdown in tears, sorrowfully describing the horror of watching his home burn, and stating that he had just gotten back on his feet and everything he owned was in the home. He also stated that his two dogs and a cat were lost in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the homeowner did not have insurance.

This family is accepting donations, such as food, clothing and general necessities. To help this family cope with the loss of their home and provide needed donations, please contact Mark Knight at 601-577-3240

Emergency personnel on scene included Rustin, Sandersville, M&M, Powers and Wayne County Volunteer Fire Departments, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell.

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