PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - One person is dead, and neighbors are filled with questions following a fire early Wednesday morning in Pascagoula. The Pascagoula Fire Department was able to extinguish the blaze on Cleveland Avenue after hours of fighting.
"I rode by and seen smoke and I stopped," said Ronald Lofton, who has been living in the neighborhood for almost 30 years. He said, in that time he's gotten used to frequently checking in on his neighbors. This time, he knew someone could be in trouble.
When he arrived, he found the carport door wasn't completely shut.
"I just took my foot and pushed it open and I wanted to go in, but it was too smokey, so there wasn't nothing I could do," said Lofton.
So, he called 911. That was shortly after 3:30 A.M. According to Lofton, the fire department was there within minutes.
"We have to do a risk analysis when we get to a fire like this," said Deputy Chief Donnie Carlson. "And, with that room in that kind of shape, I honestly believe that it was probably a little too late."
Carlson had to pull his men out because intense flames had already taken over the northwest bedroom. He had a feeling that if anyone was still in the room, they probably weren't alive.
"At that point we kind of took a defensive approach towards it," said Carlson.
After about five hours of fighting, the blaze was finally contained. That's when the firefighters found a body among the ruins. What the department didn't find was the cause of the fire.
"It's going to take us a while to dig through all the ashes and the burnt stuff and piece it all back together," said Carlson.
At the time this story was written, the identity of the fire victim had not yet been released.