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Woolmarket fire destroys barn, but has a happy ending

Biloxi firefighters took only 10 minutes to get control of the barn fire in Woolmarket, but hotspots continued for several hours. (Photo source: WLOX News) Biloxi firefighters took only 10 minutes to get control of the barn fire in Woolmarket, but hotspots continued for several hours. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Caretaker Sandy McCraw looks over the damage to the barn after firefighters left the scene. (Photo source: WLOX News) Caretaker Sandy McCraw looks over the damage to the barn after firefighters left the scene. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Caretaker Sandy McCraw feeds Pixie in the pasture across the street from the burning barn that was to be her shelter tonight. (Photo source: WLOX News) Caretaker Sandy McCraw feeds Pixie in the pasture across the street from the burning barn that was to be her shelter tonight. (Photo source: WLOX News)
WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) -

“It’s going to get cold tonight, girls,” Sandy McCraw tells his horses as he casually dumps a bucket of feed on the pasture ground.  “No place to sleep in that barn.”

Cold, yes. But also lucky after their barn on Hollee Drive went up in flames Wednesday afternoon.

McCraw had just moved the animals into the pasture earlier in the day.

“Usually I was locking them in, you know, because they kept trying to run off on me,” McCraw said. “And so I had to repair the fences out here and took them over across the street this morning.”

McCraw lives in a trailer just feet away from the barn, and was out doing errands when the fire erupted.

“I came right back over here and it was all ablaze and I was going, ‘Oh, no.’ The whole house and my trailer....but when I  got here, I saw trailer was still here," McCraw noted. 

The Biloxi Fire Department was called a little after 1 p.m. and 20 firefighters brought the flames under control in about 10 minutes. New recruits were brought in to douse hot spots. Neither the trailer, nor the owner’s home were damaged.

The lack of fire hydrants in the area wasn’t a problem, thanks to the Harrison County Fire Department.

“It wasn’t a problem because we coordinate with the Harrison County and the tankers,” said Biloxi Battalion Chief Anthony Shook. “So we help them when we need tankers, and they help us when we need tankers. So, it really wasn’t a problem.”

Multiple fires along the Coast aren’t a surprise to Deputy Chief Jeff Merrill.

“It is a concern, it always is, but it’s par for the course this time of year,” Merrill said. “When cold weather comes, we typically have a lot of structure fires. ...You definitely need smoke detectors in your home. Those smoke detectors will save lives.”

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