Gulfport brush fire contained, but caused alarm in neighborhoods

LIVE REPORT: Gulfport brush fire contained, but caused alarm in neighborhoods

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - A brush fire near some homes in west Gulfport is contained thanks to quick action from firefighters from Gulfport and Long Beach.

The fire started Sunday morning in a brushy area near the intersection of 53rd Avenue and 28th Street, and quickly filled nearby neighborhoods with smoke.

The Gulfport Fire Department initially responded, but Long Beach firefighters, and forestry officials soon joined in to contain the flames before they reached any homes.

Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said he was impressed and grateful to residents who helped firefighters with equipment. Thanks to all those efforts, no one was injured, and no homes were damaged. They’re still investigating what caused the fire.

The flames caused alarm in the nearby neighborhoods as firefighters worked to control the blaze. One woman even went door to door to spread the word about what was happening.

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The smoke plume was visible from our Downtown Gulfport WLOX Tower Camera, and even showed up on radar. Winds were light Sunday, so the smoke was slow to dissipate.

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