Professional, volunteer fire departments respond to house fires
Several fire departments responded to three house fires this week.
On Friday at 10:44 a.m., Poplarville Fire Department, Steephollow, Derby, McNeill and Northeast Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 58 Juniper Grove Rd. in Poplarville.
County Fire Marshal Albert Lee said Robert Mcardle was attempting to thaw out his frozen pipes with a propane torch, when the overheated pipes caused the wall to catch on fire.
Lee said the fire has been ruled accidental.
On Saturday at 10:40 a.m., North Central Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on 156 Glendale Dr. in the Hillsdale community, Lee said
Lee said Marvin Galindo was working outside his house when he heard the smoke alarm go off. When Galindo went inside, he saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the master bedroom.
Galindo and his children all escaped the home with no injuries, Lee said.
Lee said the fire is under investigation, but he believes it was accidental and caused by an electrical malfunction.
Lee said North Central responded very quickly and received mutual aid from Steephollow and Derby Volunteer Fire Departments.
“Normally this house would have burnt down if they had not had the smoke alarm. This fire shows the importance of smoke alarms in houses,” Lee said.
On Monday at 1:40 a.m., Southeast Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 424 Mt. Carmel Rd, Lee said.
He said Jerry and Gina Spence were at home when the fire started and safely escaped the home with their dogs.
Lee said Jerry was watching television when he heard crackling. When he went into the hallway, it was filled with smoke.
The fire is still under investigation, but appears to be accidental, Lee said.
When the fire departments arrived on the scene, the house was already fully engulfed.
Carriere, McNeill, Nicholson and Leetown Volunteer Fire Departments responded for mutual aid along with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and AAA Ambulance, Lee said.
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