JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A house went up in flames in Jackson County late Tuesday night, and now the sheriff's department is investigating.
Fort Bayou Fire Chief Lyle Crandall told WLOX News his department received a call of a house fire on Dub Street around 11 p.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene, Crandall said the house was fully involved and they were not sure if it was occupied.
"It was so far involved that we had to do what we call defensive fighting to control the flames," said Crandall. "About 30 minutes into fighting it, we found out that no one was inside."
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department confirmed someone was sleeping inside the home when the fire started. We're told the person got out of the house and called 911.
What started the blaze has not been determined yet. The sheriff's department says an investigation into what started the fire is open but could not release any further information.
"Most of the damage seemed to be by the front living room area," said Crandall. "The whole house is destroyed."
Crandall said it took about 20 firefighters two to three hours to put the fire out.