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Woman escapes late night house fire in Harrison County

Woman escapes late night house fire in Harrison County

The cause of the house fire is still under investigation but crews believe it was started by an electric heater. (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan) The cause of the house fire is still under investigation but crews believe it was started by an electric heater. (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)
Fire officials say this story sends a strong message that working smoke detectors saves lives. (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan) Fire officials say this story sends a strong message that working smoke detectors saves lives. (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A house went up in flames late Monday night on Highway 53 near Herman Ladner in West Harrison County. A woman was sleeping inside when she heard fire alarms going off around 11:15 p.m., so she quickly grabbed a coat and ran outside. Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan says the woman reacted just in time. Quickly after her escape, flames cut off the route to get out of the house.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but crews believe it was started by an electric heater. Firefighters from Lizana Fire, CRTC  and the Harrison County Fire Service responded to the scene and were able to gain control of the fire within an hour.

Sullivan said this story sends a strong message that working smoke detectors saves lives. As we are in the winter season, Sullivan is reminding Mississippians of the dangers that heating devices bring.

Fire officials say you should check all devices before using them, and make sure you have a two to three foot clearance in front of them. Sullivan said every house should have two things: an escape plan and working smoke detectors.

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