GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Fire destroyed a vacant house in Gulfport Wednesday morning near Thornton Avenue and 20th Street. It's located right across the street from Morning Star Baptist Church.
Investigators told WLOX News the power was turned off, and the fire appears to have started in the back of the house. Flames torched about half of the building's exterior. The combination of flames, smoke and water destroyed just about everything inside.
The cause still under investigation, but because it was empty, and so much was burned, investigators will likely rule it an undetermined fire.
The blaze threatened the house just to the west, so the early firefighting efforts were focused on preventing the fire from spreading in that direction. The facade of that home sustained some heat damage.
It took five fire units and 16 firemen about 30 minutes to douse the flames, and bring the situation under control.