Home of Jones Co. pastor damaged by early-morning fire

Home of Jones Co. pastor damaged by early-morning fire
The house was the church parsonage of First Baptist of Sharon. (Source: Jones County Fire Council)

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The home of a Baptist pastor in Jones County received damage from a fire early Monday morning.

Officials with the Jones County Fire Council said the house fire was reported just after midnight on Sharon Road.

The house was the church parsonage of First Baptist of Sharon, which was home to The Rev. Matt Olson, his wife and two daughters.

The Olson family was reportedly headed out of town to visit family when the fire started.

Olson told firefighters he realized he forgot his glasses at the house and returned to find the home filled with smoke.

Thanks to the quick work from the Sharon and Shady Grove volunteer fire departments, the home sustained smoke damage throughout and major structural damage only in the bedrooms where the fire started, according to fire council spokeswoman Dana Bumgardner.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

In the aftermath of the fire, Olson said the response from the church and community has been a blessing.

“We’re blessed. We really are,” said Olson. “We lost the majority of our possessions. The church and community have come around us in an amazing way. It makes this Thanksgiving a lot more special. We are truly thankful for what we have”

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