BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Officials are investigating what started a fire at 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning and reached two homes on the 500 block of North Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis.
Fire crews worked for more than four hours battling the fire.
"When our crews first arrived, they had one structure that was basically fully engulfed in flames," Fire Chief Pam San Fillipo said.
Neighbors gathered one by one, some in groups, to see what firefighters were able to save. One home left nothing but ash and rubble behind, the other home was still standing but with a lot of damage.
Fire Chief San Fillipo says it was strong winds that carried the flames of the original fire over to the house next door. Chief San Fillipo says no one was inside either of the homes that caught fire, and that news was a relief to Robert Kane who lives just up the street — the home belonged to his son's family.
"The whole back portion of the house was in flames and they were trying to stop it from getting into the two story part of the house," Kane said.
Kane says his son's family had just finished renovating their home and moved back in two months ago. Now, more than half of the home that he grew up in is damaged, but he's thankful for what was saved, and that his son and daughter-in-law weren't home when it happened.
"If there's a silver lining that's it. They were not home and we're very fortunate and blessed because he has two young children," Kane said.
Kane tells us his son and daughter-in-law were in Oxford when the fires happened, and their children were in Vicksburg.
Chief San Fillipo says the other home involved was a vacation home, and that it will be as early as Monday when fire investigators will know exactly how the fire got started.