Fire incidents in Picayune
Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tuesday afternoon, the Picayune Fire Department received a call concerning a structure fire on Westchester Drive.
The department received the call at 2:54 p.m. from residents saying they saw a fire at their neighbor’s backyard wooden shed, Picayune Fire Marshal Pat Weaver said.
Cade Travis, the resident of the home, also reported the fire and said he had no idea how it started.
“I moved to this house years ago and this is the first time a fire like this has ever happened to me,” Travis said.
When firefighters got to the scene, they were able to contain the fire before caused further damage, Weaver said.
On Wednesday, the department determined the cause of the fire was a discarded cigarette at the rear of the shed.
“The fire spread from the back of the shed to the front. It was a big fire, but fortunately it didn’t spread,” Weaver said.
In the shed, Travis housed bicycles, a trailer and tools.
Weaver said the cigarette came from a relative who visited Travis’s home earlier in the day.
In a separate case, county volunteer fire departments responded to another structure fire at 2568 Burnt Bridge Road on Monday, where a guesthouse sustained some damage due to an electrical short inside the attic, Pearl River County Fire Marshal Albert Lee said.
Lee said volunteer firefighters from Nicholson, Henleyfield, Carriere and Pine Grove responded to the scene at 1:03 p.m. The fire was under control within 30 minutes. The guesthouse was vacant at the time of the fire so no injuries were reported.
In the past two weeks, firefighters within volunteer fire departments have responded to a total of 125 calls, Lee said.
He also said the departments receive more calls during the beginning of the cold months and during the summer, when brush and woods fires are more common.