JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A early morning mobile home fire has left a Jones County man homeless.
Around 3 a.m., units with Pleasant Ridge, Hebron and Calhoun Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of a fully involved mobile home fire on Franklin Shows Road. Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames showing, according to Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell.
Firefighters quickly began attacking the fire from the outside to attempt to contain the blaze.
The homeowner approached initial firefighters on scene and asked that if they could save one thing, it would be his bedroom as that is where most of his important belongings were.
The fire appeared to have started on the left side of the home in a rear storage room; his bedroom was on the right side of the home. The fire was advancing quickly towards his bedroom, but the quick and professional actions by the firefighters prevented any fire damage from occurring in that particular room, according to Worrell. There was extensive smoke damage throughout the home, as well as water and fire damage in most other areas.
The homeowner stated that he wasn't entirely sure what caused the fire but speculated that it may have been a candle in the storage room that wasn't fully extinguished when he went to bed. He stated waking up to the smell of smoke and opened his bedroom door to find the source. Heavy smoke began pouring into his bedroom, forcing him to quickly shut the door.
He began searching for his cat that had taken refuge under the bed. After retrieving the cat he was able to exit the back-door.
After safely escaping the home, the homeowner called 911 and grabbed a water hose to try to slow down the fire. He said he was able to extinguish the fire on his back porch, but by that time, the fire was too hot inside his home for him to continue to try to fight the fire himself.
The homeowner was also assessed on scene by EMServ medics for possible smoke inhalation, but he refused transport to the hospital.
With the exception of some items in his bedroom possibly being salvageable, the home is a total loss, according to Worrell.
The homeowner stated he does have some insurance but not much and is accepting donations, including food, water, clothes and other general necessities. To donate items, please contact Wayne Pilgrim at 601-433-3183.
Firefighters were on scene for over two hours fighting the fire and performing salvage and overhaul operations.
Emergency personnel on scene included Pleasant Ridge, Hebron and Calhoun Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Jones County Fire Public Information Officer Caleb Worrell. Dixie Electric was also called to the scene, and Soso Volunteer Fire Department was en route to the scene but returned to the station after firefighters stated that the fire was under control.
Fire apparatus on scene included Pleasant Ridge Engine, Hebron Engine and Tanker, and Calhoun Engine and Tanker.