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Neighbor helps save Saucier man's house from fire

SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) -

There was an explosion and fire on McGhee Drive in Saucier Friday morning. A large shed was destroyed, but a quick-thinking neighbor and rapid response from Harrison County firefighters are credited with saving Lonnie Dover's home.

"Heard an explosion. Looked around the corner, came running and the neighbor's shed was on fire," said Larry Fletcher.

Before firefighters arrived, neighbor Larry Fletcher and his son knew they had to do something fast.

"First thing I thought was, try to save Mr. Lonnie's house. We grabbed his garden hose and just started spraying the side of the house, trying to keep it from catching on fire, 'cause it was hot. It started melting the vinyl siding off it almost instantly," he explained.

Upon hearing the explosion, Fletcher first imagined something that's all-too-common in rural areas these days.

"My initial thought was, like my son, he hollered, 'Meth lab blew up,'" said Fletcher.

"We got a report of an explosion and fire. When fire units arrived they had heavy fire coming from the shed," said Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan.

Firefighters responded quickly, but the shed was already heavily damaged by the explosion and fire. Their focus was saving the house.

"We were able to keep the fire contained to the shed. The house did receive some damage. But by the actions of the firefighters getting on it quickly, we were able to save the house," said Sullivan.

The professional response of firefighters assured the house was spared, following a concerned neighbor's actions with a garden hose.

"Whatever caused the explosion, must have been a gas can or something in there, because it was gone quick," said Fletcher.

No one was home when the fire began and there were no injuries from the explosion or fire. Fire Marshal Sullivan said the cause remains under investigation.

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