5 people escape overnight house fire in Gulfport

5 people escape overnight house fire in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Firefighters are investigating two early morning fires, both in Harrison county.

A huge fire in Gulfport's Bayou Oaks subdivision off Cowan Road broke out around 2:30am. Five people were sleeping inside when the fire alarm went off. They smelled the smoke and were all able to get out safely, even the family's dogs. There's no word yet on what sparked the blaze.

Then, about 90 minutes later at 4am, a home caught fire on Kiln-Delisle Road. Again, in this case, a working smoke detector awakened the homeowner. He saw smoke and quickly discovered a fire, which he tried to extinguish on his own. When he couldn't put it out completely, he fled the home and called for help.

The cause is still under investigation, but fire officials suspect the problem may have started in the chimney or fireplace.

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