HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Authorities are investigating the possibility that two fires this week in Bayside Park are arson.
Investigators were on the scene Wednesday in the Bay St. Louis community. Just in the last two days, two houses have caught fire - one on East Oktibbeha Road and another on West Pike Street.
The house on East Oktibbeha caught fire Monday. The very next night, about a football field away, the second fire on West Pike broke out.
While the damage to the house on West Pike is more extensive, authorities say both fires share a few similarities. Both homes were abandoned but Bayside Fire Chief Tony Johnston said he did see evidence of squatters at one of the homes during an earlier visit. And aside from being fairly close to one another, both properties were also without power.
According to Chief Johnston, when firefighters arrived at the house on East Oktibbeha, they found a ladder leading to an upstairs window. He also said it’s not the first time his crew has been called to that location.