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Firefighter, 2 civilians injured in East Biloxi fire

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked a fire inside a two-story home in East Biloxi Tuesday. The fire started around 10:30am at the home Maple and First streets just behind the Harrah's Casino parking garage.

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said two people inside the home tried to put out the fire themselves with an extinguisher and a garden hose before calling for help.

"The fire was well advanced before they arrived on the scene. Obviously, there was a delay in calling the fire in, which allowed it to get out of control," Boney said. 

Three people were injured, including one firefighter. Officials tell us the first responder went to the hospital with a burned hand. The other two people inside the home were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Cecilia Dobbs Walton with the City of Biloxi said, "The one firefighter, he injured his hand fighting the fire, but he kept working throughout. There was no life-threatening injury."

Walton said fire units from three stations responded to the scene. A total of 24 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control. Chief Boney said it took crews about an hour to get the flames under control.

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