Gautier teacher and retired Marine lose home in fire

Firefighters battling fire at home in Pascagoula.
Firefighters battling fire at home in Pascagoula.

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Gautier High teacher, a retired U.S. Marine and their four kids are homeless after a horrible house fire. The mother and daughter were in the Pascagoula home when the fire sparked around 12:30 Sunday afternoon.

Thick white smoke kept shooting out the roof and windows of the Jackson's home in Pascagoula, as the fire team worked to battle the blaze.

"It appears to have started in the garage, the car port area and extended up in the north wall into the attic area," Battalion Chief Michael May said.

Retired U.S. Marine Vincent Jackson, his wife, teacher Debbie Jackson and their four kids all lived in the house for two years. So, when Vincent Jackson got the call about the fire, his heart just sank.

"A little bit overwhelmed. It is two phone calls anyone dreads to get; Number one is someone being in an accident and number two is your home burning down, it is on fire ," Vincent Jackson said.

Jackson said his wife and one of their children were actually in the home when the fire began, but were able to get out before it got really bad.

"They were inside. Thank God for neighbors, they saw the smoke and the neighbors came and knocked on the door," Vincent Jackson said.

Those caring neighbors, along with other loved ones took time to console the fire victims and pray for them.

"It is horrible, horrible, and I feel sorry for them," neighbor Melinda McClain said.

What caused the fire is still a mystery. Fire investigators said the fierce flames charred two vehicles and the home also has major water and smoke damage.

"For The City of Pascagoula this was an extremely bad fire," Battalion Chief May said.

Even though the Jacksons are saddened by the loss, they at least have each other to lean on during this time.

"As long as my family is okay everything else is replaceable and that is the main thing," said Vincent Jackson.

If you would like to help the Jackson Family, please call Karen Freeman at Church on The Rock in Pascagoula at (228) 762-3221.

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