GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A Gautier man lost most of his home and some of his beloved pets in a house fire Thursday afternoon.
When Gautier firefighters arrived at the home on Old Shell Landing Road, at least half of the structure was already on fire. Captain Steve Valahos said the crew was able to quickly extinguish the flames, but not before it claimed the lives of a poodle and eight cockatiel birds trapped inside the home.
"No one was home, so that was the greatest part of it all," said Clay Moore, who rents the house. "We did lose our dog, which was part of our family. Everybody else made it out okay. Just glad nobody was there."
Two other dogs in another part of the house survived.