Mangled homes on Strongy and Dorries Street are all pushed together. When fire broke out at one of the houses, firefighters found someone living there. "And they were smoking or candles.They had some debris there that caught on fire," says Chief David Roberts.
The chief say fires this time of year are common as people try to stay warm. But so much debris, rubble and trash create a bigger threat. "The fuel and debris are very ignitible because of the dry conditions so even a cigarette thrown in a pile can ignite that pile very quickly and then it spreads to other piles easily."
It's been so dry since the hurricane that a burn ban is still in place throughout Harrison County and its cities. Chief Roberts says conditions are ripe for fires. "We don't have outdoor burning at all which hopefully will hold down some of these grass fires or debris fires and a lot of these debris fires can turn into structure fires real quickly because of the debris piled in close proximity to the houses."
Roberts says now with so much destruction, people have to be more careful with heating devices because a building can go up in flames in just seconds.