MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A family in Moss Point is entering the Easter weekend trying to recover after their decades-old home was destroyed by fire. What makes it even worse is investigators believe someone set the fire on purpose.
After living in her home for 73 years, Sarah Evans never expected anything like this to ever happen.
"When they said fire, I thought it might have been a little kitchen fire. But I didn't know my house was burning," said Evans.
She was lying in bed on the first of April when the blaze started and several other family members had already made it out. One of her good friends rushed in to help her escape the flames that were spreading through the rooms.
"When she was helping me to the door, I could see the flames at the back of the house," said Evans.
Once Moss Point firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, the gravity of the scene started setting in. Evans' daughter, Debra Love, was by her side in minutes looking at the charred remains of her childhood scattered on the yard.
"This is home. I can't stress that enough. This is home," said Love.
But Love and Evans said one of the most troubling wrinkles in the case came when investigators had enough evidence to call the fire an arson.
"There are cruel folks in this world. I didn't think I had any kind of enemy," said Evans.
Whoever set the fire left the family in shambles and longing for justice.
"I'm hoping that whoever did it will come forward and give themselves up," said Evans.
But, amid the burned memories and irreplaceable items, Evans and her family are just glad to still have each other after such a tragedy.
The Moss Point Police Department tells WLOX News Now that an arrest warrant is pending, but as of Friday afternoon, no one was in custody.
The Evans family has set up a GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/mama-evans-dreams Donations are also being accepted at any First Federal Bank branch.