Flames shoot through vacant house in Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - An early morning fire posed a very serious danger for firefighters Wednesday.

"The advanced stage of this fire when firefighters arrived, meaning that we had fire from one end to the other - that's very dangerous," Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said, explaining the situation just moments before firefighters started hosing down the home on Success Road.

Flames lapping at the shingles are all that remain, after fire virtually disintegrated the roof.

"The roof took a large amount of the fire," said Sullivan. "It was in the attack area, and across the top of house, so we lost the roof pretty quickly."

Hoses doused the home for more than an hour, as heaps of smoke billowed upwards, leaving a singed structure that investigators will now have to sift through to find out how it all started.

"All we have right now is that a passerby saw fire and smoke coming from the house and called us," said Sullivan. "The house is vacant. No one was home, which was good. But that means that we now have to try to piece the remains together to determine what the cause was."

Sullivan said, as with any investigation, they will be working with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, looking to see if this was an accident or the result of arson.

"On every fire, from the moment we receive the call, every bit of information we get is important. The first law enforcement on the scene, they're coming to the fire, they're looking for vehicles leaving the scene of the fire."

Anything suspicious, goes in the report, along with whatever firefighters can tell investigators about the nature of the fire.

Volunteer and paid firefighters from the Harrison County Fire Service responded.

Neighbors tell WLOX News, the home is for sale. It has been on the market for about four years. A family was renting the home, but moved out just after Christmas.

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