House fire in Hide-A-Way Lake leaves little behind

Published 7:00 am Saturday, April 1, 2017

One couple in Hide-A-Way Lake lost everything in a house fire.
Friday at about 12:45 p.m., firefighters were sent to 223 Hilltop Drive in Hide-A-Way Lake, to extinguish the fire. At that time, the homeowners, Janice and Valentine Meyer, were in Slidell, Louisiana. The fire destroyed the home and several vehicles, Janice Meyers said.
Pearl River County Fire Marshal Albert Lee said a neighbor noticed heavy smoke coming from the property and ran to see if the couple was home. After banging on the door, Lee said the neighbor kicked in the door to find heavy smoke and flames in the kitchen and living room.
Once the Carriere Fire Department arrived on scene, Lee said flames were visible from the street and stretched across the entire house.
“When we arrived, we heard and saw multiple explosions inside the home,” Lee said. It’s still unclear what caused the explosions.
Inside the garage were the homeowner’s 1983 Mercedes Benz, a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette and a 2003 Harley Davidson, all of which were destroyed by the flames. Only the exhaust and wheel rims were left of the Corvette.
“When we got to Slidell, we received a call around 1:21 p.m. from one of our neighbors saying our house was on fire. So we quickly turned around and headed… back,” Janice Meyer said. “When we got here, we noticed that nothing was able to be saved.”
At this time, Lee said the cause of the fire is listed as accidental, but once it is safe to enter, he will conduct an investigation.
No one was injured during the blaze.

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