JONES COUNTY, Miss. - This is a press release from the Jones County Volunteer Fire Department.
At around 11:50AM on Saturday, units from Glade, Powers, M&M, Sandersville and Calhoun Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of a house showing heavy smoke and flames on Slaughter Pen Road near Highway 15 South.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the home fully involved with intense heat, and heavy smoke and fire showing. As flames reached into the sky, firefighters began their initial attack to the outside of the structure.
According to a passerby that called in the fire to 911 dispatch, he had been interested in buying the home and property and was driving by when he saw the smoke. He stated that he believed the home was abandoned and that the previous owner had passed away years ago.
The home was reportedly built in the 1940s, so it had the makings for a hot and intense blaze. It took firefighters a couple of hours to bring the fire under control.
The home is considered to be a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation by Jones County Fire Investigator Scot Gable.
No injuries were reported during firefighting operations, but medics with EMServ Ambulance Service were on standby at the scene as a precautionary measure.
Rescue personnel on scene included Glade, Powers, M&M, Sandersville and Calhoun Volunteer Fire Departments, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna and Jones County Sheriff's Department.
Fire apparatus included Glade Engine, Tanker and Rescue 2; Powers Engine 1, Tanker, Heavy Rescue, Rescue 2 and Rescue 3; M&M Engine and Tanker; Sandersville Tanker; and Calhoun Engine and Tanker.