Family homeless after fire guts home in Northeast Jones County

A home fire in Northeast Jones County Saturday afternoon, May 9, left a family of 10 homeless.

Upon arrival, firefighters found flames shooting 15 to 20 feet above the roof at the back of the home, and dark heavy black smoke rolling out of the eaves of the tin roof. Firefighters conducted an aggressive interior and exterior attack.

The home was owned by Lee Coye Parker, and was being rented by Chris and Tamaria Newell with their eight children – ages two years old to 15 years old.

The home was deemed a total loss, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by Jones County Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.

Also responding to the fire scene were EMServ Ambulance Service for standby, Jones County Sheriff’s Department, and Dixie Electric Power Association. The American Red Cross is assessing the family’s needs.

Photos and story by Linda Cranford, Jones County Fire Service PIO

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