Second house fire same road in Jones county, suspected lightning strikes
JONES COUNTY, Miss. - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Department.
A young lady by the name of Casey reacted quickly Thursday when her home began to fill with smoke. At around 3:30PM, Glade and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of a structure fire at 588 Lower Myrick Road. Upon arrival, units found smoke showing but flames were not visible on the outside of the structure. After entering the home, firefighters discovered that the dryer in the laundry room had caught fire. According to the homeowner, she was watching a movie when the power suddenly went out. When the lights came back on, she noticed smoke in her home. She searched for the source and discovered visible flames coming from the dryer. Her quick and smart thinking led her to turn off the breakers to the house and then use a fire extinguisher to bring the flames under control until firefighters arrived on scene. Fire units used a hose from Glade engine to ensure the fire was completely out. No injuries were reported and reports state that the suspected cause of the fire was a lightning strike from a severe storm that had just passed through the area. This is the second time within a month that a home on Lower Myrick Road has caught fire from suspected lightning strikes.
Rescue personnel on scene included Glade and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service and Fire Coordinator 2 Gordon Pitts.
Fire apparatus included Glade Engine 1, Powers Engine 1, Powers Tanker 1 and Powers Brush.