GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - An 84-year-old man is thankful to be alive after his home went up in flames Sunday night, causing multiple explosions after propane tanks at the house caught fire.
The fire happened around 10:30 p.m. on Knox Street, which is in the Loren D Heights subdivision.
Multiple explosions shattered windows in the homes nearby, startling residents in the area Sunday night. As Gulfport Fire Department arrived to put out the flames, a haze of smoke filled the neighborhood.
The home belongs to 84-year-old William Harrison Sr.
According to his son, the elderly man was able to get out of the house and is safe. Unfortunately, he lost everything, including several beloved pets.
“I came here and the house was up in flames and this is all he’s got,” said William Harrison Jr., pointing to the burned remains of his dad’s home. “He lost everything. He lost his pets, lost my pet, he lost everything.”
Harrison Sr. had two dogs, two cats, and a bird. Only one of the dogs made it out of the house alive.
“I kept her with me in the truck all night and we slept outside of the house all night,” said Harrison Jr.
The younger Harrison and his family are still working to learn what exactly caused the fire but, in the meantime, the immediate concern is caring for his elderly father.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do now,” said Harrison Jr. “He’s got nowhere to go...He lost all his clothes, all his money in his wallet, he lost his disability card. It’s just nothing to do now but get some help.”
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. No information has been provided by the family on ways the public can help.