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Jackson County couple escape early morning house fire

Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused an early morning fire that forced a St. Martin couple to flee for their lives. (Photo Source: WLOX) Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused an early morning fire that forced a St. Martin couple to flee for their lives. (Photo Source: WLOX)
ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) -

Volunteers from Northwest and Central Fire Departments arrived and fought back the flames for the better part of an hour at a house fire in Jackson County early Wednesday morning. The home on Thistle Street was heavily damaged, but it could have been worse if not for the quick action of neighbors. 

"When I pulled up this morning, there was a glow coming from the window and by the time i got parked, it burst through the window and just started going everywhere," Sallie Vinson recalled. "So I woke the deputy up across the street and started calling 911."

This fire had the potential to be a very dangerous fire, according to Frank Duke with Northwest VFD. 

"The fire was pretty intense when the guys first made entry," Duke explained. "They were able to go in and quickly extinguish and come back out for rehab."

He also said the weather also played a role during the battle, and not in a good way.

“You know the heat and humidity from the ambient air absolutely adds to the difficulty of the situation. The guys get in there and they get worn out and fatigued fairly quickly. The good news is we have a very good mutual aid system and Central came and backed us up with manpower and some other resources.”

In a classic case of neighbors helping neighbors in a time of need, the folks who lived around this house made sure that the people inside were out safely, according to Vinson. 

"I didn't know if the people were still inside and the girl came out from around the house and I asked her if everybody was out and she said yes and the fire department got here just in the matter of a few minutes."

Finding out what happened and why will take some time. 

"It's a scientific process for the most part. It depends on what the circumstances are," said Jackson County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Bouler. "On this case here, it may take one or two hours to dig it out to find the root of the cause, the area of origin and the point of origin."

The owner of the home, who did not want to go on-camera, said he was staying in Mobile when he got the call, telling us it was not something he never wanted to hear. He did say the home was insured, and he'll just have to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

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