Authorities investigating suspicious house fire in Lamar Co.

Authorities investigating suspicious house fire in Lamar Co.
Officials say the house is a total loss and labeling the fire as suspicious at this time.
Officials say the house is a total loss and labeling the fire as suspicious at this time.
The house fire was called in around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
The house fire was called in around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - Authorities are investigating a "suspicious" house fire after an unoccupied home went up flames on Wednesday. Fire crews responded to a single-story wooden home in the 300 block of Bounds Road in Sumrall around 6:00 p.m.

"…We received a call that a house was on fire," said Central Lamar Fire Department fire chief, Reggie Ridgway. "The people that observed the fire said there were flames coming out of the back and the front of the house. So, we responded and found that the roof had already collapsed (and) so there was not really much we could do with it."

Multiple fire agencies helped to extinguish the blaze including Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Northeast Lamar Volunteer Fire Department and Oloh Fire Department. It took about thirty minutes for crews to put out the fire, according to Ridgway.

'It's a dead-end road, so there's not a lot of traffic," he said. "So, I don't know how long it burned before it was actually called in."

Ridgway says the home was previously lived in. However, the occupants had recently moved. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

"We will be investigating it," Ridgway said. "I did call the office of investigators to come look at the fire, because there was no power to the house. So, we're going to be looking at it to see what caused it."